Raelene Castle has been appointed head of Rugby Australia.
One of the most popular sporting codes in Australia is set to be cleaned up by former CEO of NRL’s Canterbury Bulldogs.
This move comes after a rebrand of Rugby Australia (formerly known as Australian Rugby Union) in an attempt to wipe the slate clean of their ‘boys club’ attitude and financial issues.
As a ‘footy first’ the next question is can Castle turn around the code’s finances and also, what can she do for women’s rugby, particularly around bridging the gender pay gap?
Given that the Australian women’s rugby Sevens team won a gold medal in the Brazil Olympics last year, and more women’s rugby matches are being aired on national television, we are likely to see more of a focus on women.
With this trend, women’s rugby could be what can save the code’s finances and reputation.