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Clock ticks for Rugby Australia to avoid mass player exodus overseas | Bret Harris

Without an income-generating competition, the three Queensland players may not be the last to walk awayRugby Australia is racing to set up a domestic Super Rugby competition that will not only see a resumption of play, but help to generate much-needed …

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Rugby Australia develops a messiah complex as rescue mission begins | Bret Harris

Incoming chairman Hamish McLennan is the latest to be charged with saving the ailing gameIt was only a month and a half ago that the private equity specialist Peter Wiggs was hailed as the saviour of Australian rugby, whose financial fragility had been…

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Rugby’s factions must pull together or coronavirus crisis could tear sport apart | Robert Kitson

Clinging to the concept of survival of the fittest could bring the game to its knees, even in areas once thought to be strongestFuture historians will pinpoint the past few days as the moment global rugby union came face to face with stark reality. Lik…

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Rugby Australia appoints Hamish McLennan as new chairman

Former TV exec tasked with ‘reshaping rugby economy’McLennan replaces Peter Wiggs on boardRugby Australia has appointed former television and media executive Hamish McLennan as a director and chairman-elect. McLennan is to join the board at its next me…

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Rugby Australia descends into chaos after familiar boardroom turmoil | Bret Harris

Genuine reform will only be achieved when the system of selecting the board is changedAt Rugby Australia the more things change the more they stay the same. In 2012 RA, then known as the Australian Rugby Union, adopted a so-called new independent gover…

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Rugby Australia descends into chaos after familiar boardroom turmoil | Bret Harris

Genuine reform will only be achieved when the system of selecting the board is changedAt Rugby Australia the more things change the more they stay the same. In 2012 RA, then known as the Australian Rugby Union, adopted a so-called new independent gover…

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Rugby Australia director Peter Wiggs resigns as boardroom chaos continues

Exit follows that of chief executive Raelene CastleWiggs had backed instalment of Matt Carroll as new CEOThe winds of change continue to blow through Rugby Australia after director Peter Wiggs resigned from his position on the board.The latest exit fro…

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Raelene Castle becomes latest casualty of Australia’s flawed rugby system | Bret Harris

Did the tenure of the first woman to fill the role of Rugby Australia chief executive really end in failure?Under siege for several months, Raelene Castle tendered her resignation to Rugby Australia just three days after the publication of a letter co-…

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Raelene Castle suffered ‘abhorrent’ bullying before quitting Rugby Australia

‘Faceless’ critics to blame for CEO’s departureCastle steps down after three years in jobRugby Australia chairman Paul McLean has staunchly backed departed CEO Raelene Castle, who he says was subjected to bullying from “faceless people” during nearly t…

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Raelene Castle steps down as CEO of Rugby Australia

Former Wallabies captains had called for change of leadership‘The game is bigger than any one individual,’ says CastleThe embattled Rugby Australia chief executive officer, Raelene Castle, has resigned after being told she had lost the support of the …

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Raelene Castle steps down as CEO of Rugby Australia

Former Wallabies captains had called for change of leadership‘The game is bigger than any one individual,’ says CastleThe embattled Rugby Australia chief executive officer, Raelene Castle, has resigned after being told she had lost the support of the …

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Rugby Australia seeks crisis talks with 11 unhappy former Wallabies captains

Former players have called for a leadership overhaul‘Rugby Australia respects and values their opinions’Rugby Australia is seeking emergency crisis talks with 11 disgruntled former Wallabies captains who have called for a leadership overhaul at the org…

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Pay cuts give Rugby Australia time but fight for sustainability starts now | Bret Harris

Players agree to take a 60 per cent reduction in wages but much work is still to be done to arrive at a payment model for a financially fragile codeThe agreement between Rugby Australia and the Rugby Union Players Association for players to take 60 per…

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Pay cuts give Rugby Australia time but fight for sustainability starts now | Bret Harris

Players agree to take a 60 per cent reduction in wages but much work is still to be done to arrive at a payment model for a financially fragile codeThe agreement between Rugby Australia and the Rugby Union Players Association for players to take 60 per…

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Long-lost letter reveals my ineptitude let down an Australian rugby legend | Barry Glendenning

Lockdown decluttering has led me down a path to the fascinating, well-lived life of a larrikin named Aubrey HodgsonA recent lockdown clear-out prompted the discovery of a semi-skimmed and long-forgotten letter forwarded to me by my mother some years ag…

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Rugby Australia set to benefit from World Rugby relief fund

World governing body announces $158m crisis fundAdvances and loans available to Sanzaar unionsRugby Australia’s financial problems could be alleviated by a $158m World Rugby relief fund as the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on sporting e…

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Rugby Australia set to benefit from World Rugby relief fund

World governing body announces $158m crisis fundAdvances and loans available to Sanzaar unionsRugby Australia’s financial problems could be alleviated by a $158m World Rugby relief fund as the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on sporting e…

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Rugby Australia set to benefit from World Rugby relief fund

World governing body announces $158m crisis fundAdvances and loans available to Sanzaar unionsRugby Australia’s financial problems could be alleviated by a $158m World Rugby relief fund as the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on sporting e…

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Israel Folau payout at risk as Rugby Australia reels from Covid-19 – report

RA could face insolvency after season put on holdSettlement paid to former Wallaby in instalments Former Wallabies player Israel Folau’s multi-million payout from Rugby Australia could reportedly take a major hit if the sport’s governing body is forced…

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Australia’s future rugby landscape to be shaped by pay cut talks | Bret Harris

Rugby Australia’s plan is to survive for the next three months, but there is no certainty about what happens after thatThe good news from Rugby Australia’s annual general meeting on Monday was that the game is still solvent. But after the game’s govern…