28 Feb 2012

NZRU to help Otago community rugby

6:17 am on 28 February 2012

The New Zealand Rugby Union will make sure community rugby across Otago doesn't miss out following the news that the Otago Rugby Union Board will cease trading by Friday.

The Otago Union has debts of 2.35 million dollars and unless that situation changes within the next couple of days it will be forced into liquidation.

The NZRU chief executive Steve Tew says they're stepping in to support community rugby and all the amateur players, volunteers, administrators, and others who have a stake in the game.

Tew says they'll be appointing people to run community rugby in the coming week and they'll pay those salaries.

They'll also meet clubs and talk to contracted players.

Tew says the NZRU has consistently funded the Otago RFU by around $900,000 a year which is used to support rugby across all levels and we remain committed to rugby in this region.

He says they'll also be assessing the viability of entering an ITM Cup team from the region in the 2012 competition.