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Magnitude of Qantas exit not lost on Rennie and Hooper


With the Wallabies ranked No.7 in the world following a poor Rugby World Cup, the code has no broadcast deal beyond this year and is yet to finalise the make-up of Super Rugby in the future. Given the economic impact of COVID-19, it is not an ideal time for RA to be looking for a new major sponsor to emblazon its logo across the front of the famous gold jersey.

While Rennie has been in the top job for a matter of months and is still getting his head around the Australian rugby landscape, he knows that winning changes everything. One or two victories against the All Blacks next month on enemy territory could be just the tonic for the ailing code.

“Our job is to play some positive footy and help our marketing people bring in another big sponsor,” Rennie said. “We’ll play our part and hopefully somebody comes on board quickly.”

Reappointed captain Michael Hooper labelled the news of Qantas’ departure “upsetting”.

“We’re under no illusions we want to perform and performing does take care of some things,” Hooper said. “If things come from that … amazing.”


Before COVID-19, RA and Qantas had renegotiated a contract until the end of 2021, but sources with knowledge of the deal say the value was less than previous arrangements.

Qantas, which recorded a $1.9 billion annual loss for the 2019-2020 financial year, prompting thousands of job cuts, told RA it could not afford to continue with that deal and the governing body agreed to end the contract.

Unlike Australia’s national cricket and football teams – who will also lose their Qantas sponsorship money, but have agreed to contra-only deals involving free flights and marketing – RA’s preference was for the sponsorship money itself.

“Contra is important to us, clearly because of the travel we do, but cash is king right now,” Clarke told the Herald. “We need to support our game with resource and that’s cash, so we weren’t able to come to an arrangement.”

Clarke said his phone had been lighting up on Wednesday following the “disappointing news”.

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie with captain Michael Hooper.

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie with captain Michael Hooper.Credit:Getty

“Not kidding you, the phones have been ringing since the announcement came out, so we’re quietly confident we’re going to be able to find a new partner for next year,” Clarke said.

“Very disappointing after a 30-year partnership to receive that call, but understandable. When COVID hit, it was very clear the pressure their business was under, which is no surprise to anybody and so we’ve been working through the situation with them and unfortunately it culminated in their decision.”

RA says there has been no indication other key sponsors are considering pulling out, but Clarke hinted some deals may have to be renegotiated.


“We’re delighted that most of them have stuck and committed themselves to honour their agreements,” Clarke said. “Clearly we need to massage some of those because we’re not creating as much content as we might have in a non-COVID year.”

Asked whether Qantas’ exit increased the importance of maximising the new broadcast deal, Clarke replied: “It’s totally independent from this news. We are well progressed with discussions but finding a new partner is going to be very important for the front of the jersey. It gives us time at least to reach into the market and find a new partner for next year and beyond.”

Qantas chief customer officer Stephanie Tully said the decision was extremely tough for the business.

“In an environment where thousands of our people have lost jobs and thousands more are stood down while they wait for flying to restart, we can’t maintain these sponsorships in the way we have in the past,” Tully said. “While we’re dealing with this crisis and its aftermath, the cash cost of our sponsorships has to be zero.”

A Perth radio station reported on Wednesday evening that Fortescue Metals Group, the company founded by billionaire Andrew Forrest, was set to replace Qantas as the Wallabies’ new major sponsor. RA chairman Hamish McLennan rubbished the claim.

“Not true,” he said. “Haven’t even spoken to them.”

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Leighton Buzzard hit by 3.0 magnitude earthquake – third tremor in two weeks | News UK Video News

Leighton Buzzard has been hit by a 3.0 magnitude earthquake – the third tremor in two weeks – according to the British Geological Survey (BSG).

The tremor was recorded this morning at 8.32am at a depth of 6.2 miles (10km).

It was felt by residents in the local Bedfordshire area who took to social media to report their homes rattling.

One tweeted to say they “felt a jolt” to their house, another said it “rumbled and shook”.

The BSG said they are investigating but the early location was given as just north of Leighton Buzzard.

It’s the third earthquake to hit the area in the space of two weeks.

The last tremor hit at 11.20pm on September 13. It was measured by the BGS at magnitude 2.1.

It was thought to be an aftershock from the original quake on September 8 which was measured magnitude 3.5.

A tweet from the organisation said: “We’re receiving reports about the earthquake, which followed previous events in the same area on 8 & 13 Sept, with magnitudes 3.5 & 2.1.

“Reports describe “only lasted a couple of seconds” and “just felt a single jolt, a bit like being in a car that has done an emergency stop!”

Glenn Ford, a seismologist with the BGS, said today’s earthquake is also an aftershock.

He said: “What we’re seeing here is a small aftershock from that earthquake (on September 8).”

Mr Ford said it was “typical behaviour” which had been seen in different areas of the UK “on many occasions”.

He added: “There’s obviously been some stress been building up in that particular area and we’ve had the initial earthquake.

“It’s maybe just still rebalancing the stress regime in that partcular part of the world and we’re getting these little aftershocks occurring as well.

“It probably will settle down soon but could we get another one? We certainly could, but when it could happen, we don’t know.”

Video captures the moment a 3.3 magnitude earthquake hit Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire on September 8.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre put the location of the earthquake 11 miles (18km) west of Luton and 8 miles (13km) south east of Milton Keynes.

They have collected testimonies from people who felt the tremor.

One person said: “I was a sleep in bed after finishing a night shift and it woke me up. The bed and whole house was shaking.”

Another said: “I am on the top floor of a four-storey building. I felt some shakes like a big truck going pass very nearby, but I am quite a distance away from the road.”

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Los Angeles jolted by magnitude 4.5 earthquake near city of El Monte

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Magnitude 4.5 earthquake rattles southern California

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 4.5 earthquake struck southern California late Friday night

SOUTH EL MONTE, Calif. — A magnitude 4.6 earthquake struck southern California late Friday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake hit around 11:40 p.m., about 2 miles (3 kilometers) outside of South El Monte, near Los Angeles, the agency reported. Preliminary reports indicate it was about 11 miles (18 kilometers) deep.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Officials warned residents to be prepared for possible aftershocks.

The epicenter of Friday night’s earthquake was close to the location of the Whittier Narrows earthquake in 1987, which was a magnitude 5.9, seismologist Lucy Jones tweeted. The Whittier Narrows earthquake killed eight people.


The earthquake was initially reported as a magnitude 4.6. This story has been corrected to show the U.S. Geological Survey revised the magnitude to 4.5.

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Magnitude 4.8 earthquake hits region

AN EARTHQUAKE has shook parts of the region, with a magnitude 4.8 quake recorded west of Mackay.

Geoscience Australia reported the shallow quake was felt at 1pm on Sunday near Llanarth, about 320km west of Mackay.

Nearly 400 people have reported feeling the earthquake, which came from a depth of 10km below the surface.

The Geoscience map showed that residents as far north of Townsville also felt the tremour.

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