New ACT Brumbies chairman Phil Thomson has implored rugby supporters to re-engage with the sport, adamant the off-field dramas have been buried and Australian teams can rise from the dead.
Thomson, a former interim chief executive and Brumbies team manager, started his tenure when he was elected chairman of the ACT Rugby Union board on Wednesday night.
The challenging part is taking the reins at a time when Australian rugby is on its knees and trying to rebuild after a debacle in 2017.
Brumbies crowd numbers dropped this year to an average of 9887 per game, largely contributed to by a confusing Super Rugby draw and Australian rugby's off-field problems.
The club has slashed ticket and membership prices for next year in the hope of winning back fans in Canberra and to encourage people to reignite rugby union passion.
"We're in a competitive marketplace in Australia. We've got to make sure we've got the public support and we're engaging the public to get them back involved in rugby", Thomson said.
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