THE Central Queensland Rugby Union (CQRU) has been placed into voluntary administration.
As reported in The Morning Bulletin on Tuesday, September 1, the CQRU had been in emergency talks with the Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) after it was revealed it was in dire financial trouble.
"Essentially what occurred was that there was a recent transition of the CQRU Board and during that transition process a number of financial irregularities were unearthed," CQRU Vice President Glenn Dodds said.
"One of those irregularities was very serious. As such we began talks with the Queensland Rugby Union on how to resolve the issue.
"As part of that ongoing process, the CQRU voted last night to place the CQRU into voluntary administration, which effectively hands the governing of rugby in the region to the QRU.
"The important thing is that this decision ensures all the rugby competitions in the region, both junior and senior, will go ahead without effecting the players and the clubs.
"The plan is, coming out the other end, the CQRU will be handed back control of rugby in the region once these issues are resolved."
It can be confirmed that this weekend's Thrifty Cup semi-finals will be played, but have been moved from Rugby Park to Victoria Park.
The decision also safeguards the National Rugby Championship match between Queensland Country and Perth, to be played in Rockhampton on Thrifty Cup grand final day, Saturday, September 19.