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Double Down greases palms of rugby creditors

Apr 4th, 2012 | By | Category: Latest News, News, Sport

FACING UP: NZRFU change manager Jeremy Curragh and Dunedin City Mayor Dave Cull. IMAGE: Stuff.

A NOTORIOUSLY unhealthy burger has come to the aid of the equally unhealthy Otago Rugby Football Union balance sheet. 

KFC raised $30,000 over the weekend to help out the contractors owed money by the troubled ORFU, donating $5 for every fat-drenched Double Down burger sold, after it was brought back temporarily for the occasion.

General manager Brent Kitto says KFC is stepping in to prevent creditors losing out.

“We’re keen to ensure local businesses that have supported Otago Rugby over many years are not themselves put at risk.”

Dunedin student and rugby supporter Rosie Broad says she would not be eating a Double Down, but she will be making a donation to the club.

“It’s the fans and the players who miss out because of poor decisions and exceptionally poor business management,” she says.

“They knew this would happen and it’s embarrassing for us, the fans, to see this happen and it’s also not good for the players.”

The Dunedin City Council decided to forgive the nearly $400,000 debt owed by the club after a closed meeting.

The liquidation of the ORFU leaves the Dunedin Council in a troubled position, given the recent completion of the city’s new $200 million stadium.

Mayor Dave Cull said after the decision that Forsyth Barr Stadium faced losing $4 million a year if professional rugby was not secured for the venue.

The council’s draft long-term plan is seeking feedback on whether ratepayers would be prepared to pay an average of $26 a year to reduce the term of the stadium debt from 40 to 20 years.

Continued operation of the stadium, and any debts it racked up would be forced onto council-operated Dunedin Venues Limited, which is scheduled to take ownership of the stadium on June 30 this year.

Submissions to the plan close on April 17.

The Otago organisation is not the only Rugby union in serious financial trouble – last year it was revealed Rugby Southland owed $700,000.

KFC made 6000 Double Downs for the weekend. The burger is bread-less and made of two pieces of fried chicken, filled with cheese and bacon – containing 32 grams of fat and 1380mg of sodium.

It was offered by KFC for a short time last year, causing a furore among health professionals.

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