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Rugby Australia receive World Rugby relief funding

Rugby Australia receive World Rugby relief funding”

With roughly a quarter-of-a-million registered players, it no longer cracks the top 20 participant sports in Australia, sitting well below surfing, martial arts and pilates, according to Sport Australia rankings.

About World Rugby: World Rugby is committed to the global advancement of rugby and its character-building values to build a better, stronger game for all.

The sport's worldwide governing body issued a statement Friday saying the mid-year test window will be rescheduled when cross-border travel and quarantine regulations are relaxed.

"Hamish is a lifelong rugby man and is passionate about uniting the game", McLean said in the statement.

According to one consultancy report, audiences for Super Rugby have halved in the last seven years and rugby is the country's ninth most-popular sport.

The previous year has been particularly tough for Rugby Australia, which came to an out-of-court settlement for sacking star fullback Israel Folau for homophobia, and saw the Wallabies crash out in the World Cup quarter-finals.

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RA also had to contend with a group of 10 former Wallabies captains, who expressed their disenchantment with the way the game was being run.

McLennan, who is the chairman of media organisation REA Group and has previously been the deputy chairman of Magellan Financial Group, pledged to focus on Australia's bid for the 2027 Rugby World Cup following his appointment.

Following CEO Raelene Castle's abrupt resignation last month, the body named Hamish McLennan as its incoming chairman on Friday and received an Aus$14.2 million ($9.2 million) funding lifeline from World Rugby.

"Aall parties, including member unions, worldwide competitions, professional club competitions and global Rugby Players, will be involved in the continued evaluation of potential contingency options with a view to achieving an aligned calendar for the remainder of the year", read a statement from World Rugby.

The IRFU (Irish Rugby Football Union) will work with World Rugby and all other stakeholders to examine the on-going impact of Covid-19 on the fixture calendar.

"The funding, in combination with the extensive cuts made across the business, provides us with the short-term impetus to see through the pandemic but does not solve all of the challenges", RA interim Chief Executive Rob Clarke said in a statement.



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