ARU chief Bill Pulver to resign at Tuesday's EGM if necessary

Maligned Australian Rugby Union chief executive Bill Pulver will reportedly resign immediately from his role at Tuesday's emergency general meeting if everyone agrees he is no longer the man for the job.

With pressure mounting on Pulver and the ARU following the announcement in April that a Super Rugby side would be cut, Pulver has told Fairfax Media he will happily step down from his role, but has questioned the need for an EGM.

"If everyone in the room stood up on Tuesday and said, 'Bill, we think it's time for change now', I will step down immediately," Pulver said. "It's not an issue of anyone having to push me out.

"If the members of Australian rugby felt the game would be better suited with me gone, they don't need to call an EGM. Technically, they can't do that [put forward a vote of no confidence in the board] because it would have to be a resolution they brought before the EGM with 21 days notice. That's not something I fear."

By Tuesday, it will be 72 days since the ARU announced they would make a decision within 72 hours on which Super Rugby side would be folded.

The uncertainty surrounding the issue has since angered club administrators and fans alike with the Rugby Union Players' Association and Victorian Rugby Union last month calling for an EGM to discuss the process of cutting a team.

Pulver also rubbished claims he would resign before the EGM saying there are three resolutions -- two of which relate to the ARU reconsidering their decision to remove a Super Rugby side -- he will be working through during Tuesday's meeting at ARU headquarters.

"Claims I was going to walk in and step down on Monday are just not true," Pulver said. "We've got some issues we're trying to deal with obviously in relation to Super Rugby and that's where my focus is. I haven't even spoken to my board about my future.

"The feedback I have from virtually every state is they agree that we need to go from five to four," Pulver said. "Most people who understand the game appreciate that we need to go from five to four."

The third issue surrounds the discussion of a Super Rugby Commission, an advisory board to the ARU, but Pulver questioned whether the issue needed to be brought up at an EGM.

"Why you need an EGM resolution to have that conversation is beyond me. It's a nonsense issue," Pulver said. "I'm happy to have that discussion at any time. The EGM, while it's a conversation I'm looking forward to having, I don't think the three resolutions are that critical."