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Australia A out of Pacific rugby Cup

17/12/2008 09:01:20 PM Comments (0)

Australia A will not compete in next year's Pacific Nations Cup, the Australian Rugby Union has announced.

The ARU board announced on Wednesday a "strategic decision" to pull out of the competition amidst the current economic environment.

Australia A finished second in the past two years of the tournament, which has given fringe players a chance to stake their claims for Wallabies selection.

The ARU said in a statement: "There are alternative playing options for fringe Wallabies currently under consideration."

The ARU also announced it would suspend the 2009 Australian Rugby Shield, a round robin tournament involving teams from Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory, NSW Country and Queensland Country.

Despite the global economic crisis, the ARU said it would still deliver full core funding to its state affiliates next year.

The ARU said it would "continue rolling out almost $8 million in allocations for grassroots development nationwide in 2009, on top of more than $17 million in Super 14 grants."

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