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Collar-bomb father named chief of Australian Rugby Union

Published on Jan 9, 2013 7:27 PM
This file photo taken on Nov 20, 2012 shows Madeleine Pulver (right) listening to her father, Bill Pulver (left) as he speaks to the media outside of the court in Sydney after an investment banker who attached a fake bomb around the neck of Madeleine, in a bid to extort money from her wealthy family, was jailed for at least 10 years. Mr Pulver was appointed the nation's new rugby union chief on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (AFP) - The father of an Australian schoolgirl at the centre of a sensational collar-bomb extortion hoax was appointed the nation's new rugby union chief on Wednesday.

Bill Pulver, the head of linguistics technology company Appen Butler Hill, was named John O'Neill's successor at the helm of the Australian Rugby Union ahead of a big year for the sport, with the upcoming British and Irish Lions tour.

O'Neill resigned in October after 14 years in the role.

Pulver, 53, shot to fame in 2011 when a masked intruder broke into his luxury Sydney home and strapped a device around the neck of his daughter Madeleine, then 18, with a note attached claiming it was a bomb.

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