Eleven former Wallabies captains have written an extraordinary letter to Rugby Australia outlining their concerns over how Rugby Australia has been administered in recent years.
The skippers who have voiced their anxiety are George Gregan, Nick Farr-Jones, George Smith, Stirling Mortlock, Michael Lynagh, Simon Poidevin, Phil Kearns, Stephen Moore, Jason Little, Rod McCall, and Nathan Sharpe.
In the letter, they single out the financial management of Rugby Australia which has been in financial trouble even before the global Coronavirus pandemic.
“In recent times, the Australian game has lost its way, “It is a defeat inflicted not by COVID-19, or an on-field foe, but rather by poor administration and leadership over a number of years.” the Australian newspaper quoted the letter as saying.
Rugby Australia confirmed receiving the letter and claiming in a statement “Rugby Australia respects and values the opinions of these former Wallabies leaders and statesmen and has welcomed the group to meet with the board at its earliest convenience”.
The comments also pile a lot of pressure on Rugby Australia chief executive, Raelene Castle who has repeatedly rumoured to be in the firing line.
The board is also coming out of a huge payout to winger, Israel Folau, after his contract was terminated due to homophobic comments. The coronavirus pandemic further deepens the crisis for a board who are facing a US$75 million loss and waiting for financial assistance from World Rugby.
RA and the players union have agreed on a 60% average pay cut until the end of September to keep the union afloat during the lockdown