Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle is facing a fight to keep her position according to Australian media reports.
Sydney’s Daily Telegraph reported that senior rugby figures in Australia were moving to end Castle’s tenure after a dismal financial outlook triggered by the coronavirus-enforced shutdown of rugby.
The financial woes and several recent changes to Rugby Australia’s board meant moves to oust Castle were gaining momentum, the paper added.
Former Wallabies captain and Fox Sports commentator Rod Kafer has been touted as the favourite to succeed Castle.
Castle announced this week that 75% of staff would be stood down for three months without pay and she would take a 50% cut to her US$500 000-plus salary.
Negotiations with players over pay were still ongoing but reportedly could cut as deep as 30 to 50%.
‘Aside from being there to support each other, it is vital that we all pull together,’ Castle said in a statement on Thursday calling for unity during the crisis.
Earlier, Castle said a worst-case scenario, in which the entire season was lost along with Wallabies Tests against Ireland and Fiji, would cost the governing body A$120 million in revenue.
The organisation posted a near A$10m loss in 2019, worsened by a hefty payout to former Wallaby Israel Folau after his sacking over homophobic social media posts.
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