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Rugby politics wins

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OPINION: Baloney about more diversity was spouted after the recent New Zealand Rugby annual meeting and yet the departure of a gent from the hinterland rated only a brief au revoir.

That gent was Manawatū's Steve Morris, who would have flown back on to the NZ Rugby board had he gone to a vote of the provincial unions from the floor.

But NZ Rugby had changed the rules to stop those pesky provinces having their way and now prospective board members must first survive an interrogation by a six-member jury called the appointments and remuneration committee.

The provinces should never have given their assent to such a change in the constitution and let the geographical zones go. The unions are after all the shareholders who can hold NZ Rugby to account if push should come to punch.

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Chairman Brent Impey was the one banging on about a lack of diversity in candidates put forward by the unions and he did thank Morris for his three years on the........

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