Daily Archives: December 2, 2011

DVML gets into bed with ORFU

UPDATED POST – What happens to The Highlanders?

A commercial relationship between DVML and ORFU has been in the wind for some time. See today’s comments at MAD Classics #26 – You’re a crook or a businessman?

### ODT Online Fri, 2 Dec 2011
ORFU to be run by DVML
By David Loughrey
The Otago Rugby Football Union will drop from a high of 36 staff in 2006 to a small core group next year, and move from Carisbrook to an office at Forsyth Barr Stadium, as its non-rugby responsibilities go to Dunedin Venues Management Ltd. In what ORFU chairman Wayne Graham said was a “massive change” for the union, ticketing, sponsorship and commercial activities would be all taken over by the Dunedin City Council-owned DVML.

• Mr Graham said yesterday from Auckland, where he was attending a New Zealand Rugby Union meeting, commercial responsibilities and marketing would go to DVML.

• [DVML chief executive David David Davies said] there had been discussions with the Highlanders, which were ongoing.

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### ODT Online Fri, 2 Dec 2011
NZRU look to sell Super Rugby licences
By Michael Brown
The NZRU are about to enter into a brave new world with plans to sell off the licences to four of the five Super Rugby franchises. The national body today issued a public invitation for expressions of interest to manage and operate the Blues, Chiefs, Hurricanes and Crusaders.

“For now we have agreed to allow the Highlanders to stand aside from the EOI process as they are already some way down the track with exploring other alternatives which are commercially sensitive,” NZRU chief executive Steve Tew said today.

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