Raelene Castle: New job greatest challenge so far

Raelene Castle

The New Zealander was announced as Bill Pulver's successor as chief executive at RA's new Sydney headquarters at Moore Park on Tuesday.

Castle, who was born in Australia to Kiwi parents, was previously in charge of Netball New Zealand, as well as being the first female CEO of an Australian Rugby League club when she took over the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in 2013.

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"I am especially looking forward to getting out into the rugby communities across Australia and meeting the diverse range of people that make the game tick", she told reporters at a news conference in Sydney.

Parry said it was exciting to see opportunities for women in both forms of the game.

"The reality is sport has gender equity in it. My experience in rugby league was very strong; I don't expect my experience in rugby union to be any different".

Raelene Castle
Bill Pulver had been contracted to run Rugby Australia until February

Castle said: "I am honoured to be joining Rugby Australiaandbringing to it my commercial and sports management andmarketingexperience". "I have known Raelene for a number of years, and have a huge regard for her".

"That experience working with the Bulldogs in that landscape and also working with a coach like Des Hasler, who's a strong personality, that will also help me when I have to forge a very strong relationship with (Wallabies coach) Michael Cheika". The [player] depth issue I think will change now with going to four teams, so that means we will have four teams that are more competitive.

The new women's national XVs competition will comprise of five teams - WA, NSW, Queensland, ACT and Victoria - and will run over six weeks, from the beginning of March, with regular rounds and a final to conclude in April.

"For a young girl picking up a rugby ball for the first-time next season, she will now have a clear and accessible pathway to represent her country through the Buildcorp Wallaroos and Qantas Australian Women's Sevens team", Pulver said via a media release.

Raelene spoke with D'Arcy about the new job.

Clyne said Castle would bring "a fresh set of eyes to the challenges and opportunities at Rugby Australia".

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