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Rugby Australia’s chief executive Raelene Castle has resigned.

It comes after it was made clear by Rugby Australia that they had lost all confidence in her.

Castle said in a recent statement that she enjoyed the time in her role and she will do what she can to help with the process.

“I love rugby on every level and I will always love the code and the people I have had the honour of working with since I took this role.

“I made it clear to the board that I would stand up and take the flak and do everything possible to serve everyone’s best interests.

“In the last couple of hours, it has been made clear to me that the board believes my no longer being the CEO would help give them the clear air they believe they need.

“The game is bigger than any one individual — so this evening I told the chair [Paul McLean] that I would resign from the role.

“I will do whatever is needed to ensure an orderly handover. I wish the code and everyone who loves rugby nothing but the best and I would like to thank the people I work with and the broader rugby community for their enormous support.”

It hasn’t been the greatest time for Rugby Australia in recent times, with seemingly more turmoil than success.

Incidents such as the Israel Folau saga where he posted religious quotes on his instagram, the fallout with coach Michael Cheika mixed with the teams poor showing at the World Cup haven’t made things any easier during this time.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all games have been postponed until further notice, and with Rugby Australia also unsuccessful in their attempts to secure a broadcast deal, things are looking quite bleak at this point in time.

A host of former Wallabies captains had also sent out letters to the Rugby Australia administration, stating their displeasure with how things had been going and demanded a change in administration.

In a recent interview, Castle stated that she doesn’t believe the sport has lost its way and she is keen to talk to the former captains about their letter.

“Do I think the sports lost its way? No, I don’t,” she said.

“I am very keen to have a chat to [the former Wallaby captains].

“The board and I have invited them to come and have a chat to us, hopefully so that we can explain some of the work that’s been done to try and reshape the sport over the last wee while, and also take on board the positive ideas that they’ve got to give to us.”

Rugby Australia are yet to comment on the situation.