Rugby Australia unveils new look

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by Beth Newman

Australian rugby launched a new name and a new building on Friday.

The Rugby Australia building was officially opened at Moore Park, with a new logo and a new home for the sport.

For the first time, the Wallabies, Wallaroos and national Sevens teams will all be based out of one training base, where previously the Wallabies used the Waratahs facilities when in Sydney.

Rugby Australia launched its new building on Friday. Photo: WalmsleyAs well, the governing body's administration staff will work out of the facility, closer than ever to the professional players.

"It's great, it's our dream home," Clyne said.

"The rebranding to Rugby Australia, which is a much more inclusive name, and just to have a state-of-the-art facility for these high performance teams and our support staff being able to connect right next to a stadium we play some of our biggest games at, it's fantastic."

Aside from new training facilities, the building will be a base for a new Indigenous centre of excellence, named in honour of the Mark, Glen and Gary Ella.

The building was part-funded by the Australian government and the NSW Government, with Rugby Australia and the University of Tehcnology, Sydney, sharing the new facilities.

A rebrand has come at an awkward time for the national body, after a torrid year in many respects, but Rugby Australia chairman Cameron Clyne said at he launch the process had been more than a year in the making.