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      The daily Last Post ceremony held at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park ends in November. The post WATCH: The daily Last Post comes to an end appeared first on NewsWire.co.nz.
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      Kaibosh saves supermarket and cafe food for struggling communities. NICHOLAS HENDRICKS reports. The post WATCH: From supermarket shelf to someone in need appeared first on NewsWire.co.nz.
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Macqueen to coach Melbourne Rebels?

SPECULATION is mounting that former World Cup-winning Australian mentor Rod Macqueen is in line to become coach of the Melbourne Super 15 team.

Macqueen, who lifted the William Webb Ellis trophy with the Wallabies in 1999 and supported the city’s bid for inclusion in the expanded competition, is believed to be considering a position as a coaching director or head coach, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

But Melbourne Rebels franchise head Harold Mitchell is remaining tight-lipped on the subject. CLICK HERE to read more.

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Melbourne Super 15 dramas sorted

MELBOURNE’S Super 15 franchise can begin recruiting players, coaches and administrators after the Australian Rugby Union and investors reached an agreement surrounding the team’s license.

The deal between the ARU and the Melbourne Rebels consortium ends months of dramas surrounding the venture, which came under threat after potential investors pulled out following financial and ownership disputes.

Under the agreement, the franchise will receive some loan funding from the ARU and be allowed to recruit up to 10 foreign players in its formative years, according to the Australian Associated Press.

Melbourne – which will be Australia’s first privately run team – will play its home matches at Rectangular Stadium when they join the expanded Super rugby competition next year. CLICK HERE to read more.

More on Melbourne Super 15 saga

THE AUSTRALIAN Ruby Union is confident the Melbourne Super 15 franchise will be up and running by early next year, says its deputy chief executive Matt Carroll.

But they have not ruled out the possibility of appointing a project manager if the ownership issues have not been solved by then.

It was reported two days ago that the venture was in serious risk after a number of investors from the VicSuper15 group pulled out of negotiations with the ARU following a funding dispute.

However, despite two backers – Craig Dunn and Ray Evans – walking away from the deal, those fears seemed to be exaggerated.

Carroll (above left) confirmed to the Australian Associated Press that negations were continuing with the other perspective investors – Kevin Maloney and Harold Mitchell – and any issues surrounding Australia’s first privately run franchise would be sorted by early next year. CLICK HERE to read more.

Update on Melbourne Super 15 saga

THINGS ARE not as bad at the Melbourne Super 15 franchise as first reported, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

It was revealed yesterday that the Australian Rugby Union may step in after funding disagreement between them and the VicSuper15 group threatened to leave the future of Australia’s first privately run franchise in disarray.

But ARU deputy chief executive Matt Carroll has denied claims the national body would take over team, while two of the consortium’s three major backers – Kevin Maloney and Harold Mitchell – have confirmed they will continue with negotiations. CLICK HERE to read more.

New Aussie Super 15 team in doubt

THE FUTURE of the Melbourne Super 15 franchise is in doubt after negotiations between investors and the Australian Rugby Union stalled.

The Australian Associated Press is reporting members of the VicSuper15 group and the ARU failed to reach an agreement about funding.

The ARU is offering the team an annual grant of A$3 million – up from the originally-offered $2.1m – but investors say that amount is insufficient to cover the set-up, player recruitment and marketing costs associated with the venture.

They are pushing for a $4.2 million grant which the existing Australian franchises receive. CLICK HERE to read more