November 21, 11:21 a.m.
A former leader in the Australian media has asked for a complete cleaning of Rugby Australia, asking that Raelene Castle follow the example of President Cameron Clyne.
David Leckie, the former chief executive of Seven Media Group, did not take any blow in his evaluation of the national sports agency, with a particular focus on Castle.
"We have to get rid of the entire board and start over," Leckie told the Australian. "There is not a single person that deserves to remain there.
“Raelene has been a total disaster. She doesn't know rugby, doesn't know Australia and, judging by her time in Canterbury (Bulldogs), doesn't know how to administer a salary cap.
“She annoyed that club. A central aspect of his role when he is the general manager of a club is the salary limit. That is your first, first and first priority. "
Leckie's comments come a day after rugby Australia announced Kiwi signing Dave Rennie as the next Wallabies coach, after Michael Cheika's departure after the Rugby World Cup.
Cheika retired from his position as coach of Wallabies after five difficult seasons in which Wallabies won only 34 of his 68 games in charge.
Speaking to D’Arcy Waldegrave of Radio Sport on Wednesday, Castle said Rennie’s signature was exciting for the organization.
"He was by far the most prominent candidate," Castle said.
"We thought he was the best fit not only from the point of view of performance coaching but also from the cultural point of view and his experience in bringing together groups of people is very solid.
"Dave's proven ability in the Chiefs and what he has done in a short time with the Glasgow Warriors to gather a group of men and build a culture in which everyone wants to work together to achieve the same is one of his best skills and That is something we know will be very valuable to us.
"We had a plan and we worked very hard to execute it."
This article first appeared on nzherald.co.nz and is republished with permission.
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