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Rugby Union

High performance (rugby 7s) 2

Total investment 2013–14: $1,712,300
(high performance: $1,040,000; participation: $666,000; other: $6,300)
ASC funding as a percentage of total income: 1.8%

AIS investment in the sport is targeted at the men’s and women’s 7s program with the sport making its Olympic debut at Rio in 2016. The teams’ performances at the 2013 world cup did not reach Australian Rugby Union (ARU) expectations, with both teams finishing fifth. Some positive strategic changes have commenced in the programs, however significant work remains if the sport is to achieve its medal ambitions for Rio 2016 and the men’s team targets in Glasgow 2014.

In the 15-a-side game, the Wallabies recovered from a disappointing start to the year in which they lost to the Lions and only beat Argentina in the Rugby Championships. A change of coach led to increased optimism and the team won all but their first game on the end-of-year European tour, raising their world ranking to third.

Changes to the ARU constitution in late 2012 brought the sport closer to alignment with the ASC’s mandatory governance principles. The ARU is currently redeveloping its national plan and has embarked on a comprehensive consultation process. The new plan will focus on new markets, financial stability and improved high performance results.

The sport recorded solid participation growth during the year and has increased its longer term participation targets. The new ARU strategic plan is likely to have a strong focus on growing participation, particularly through women and 7s.

2013 benchmark event // world championships - 7s men, 7s women

Medal target: 1

Actual: gold 0 silver 0 bronze 0 total 0

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