Rugby Australia slashes a third of staff

02 June 2020 | Sports

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Rugby Australia announced the sacking of a third of its staff on Monday, as the embattled organisation works to recover from the coronavirus-enforced shutdown.

The organisation said 47 of its 142 full-time workers would leave over the coming months, and those remaining have been asked to take a 5% pay cut. Thirty other contractors and casuals have also been sacked, with the move aimed at reducing the company's wage bill by AUS$5.5 million (N$65 million) a year. Rugby Australia's interim chief Rob Clarke called it “an incredibly difficult day”, but said it was necessary to “ensure the viability and sustainability of the organisation”.



Skeleton staff

“This is a difficult time for a lot of very passionate, hardworking rugby people and we are committed to helping those people find their next opportunity, whether it be within the game or elsewhere,” he added.

Rugby Australia has been working with a skeleton staff since the sport ground to a halt in March due to the pandemic, with Super Rugby postponed and July tests against Ireland and Fiji cancelled. Australia's four Super Rugby teams, the Queensland Reds, NSW Waratahs, ACT Brumbies and Melbourne Rebels, along with the previously axed Western Force, are set to kick-off a domestic tournament on 3 July, as coronavirus restrictions ease. The competition is contingent on a broadcast deal being finalised.



Beleaguered chief

The governing body, whose beleaguered chief Raelene Castle quit in April, posted a near AUS$10 million (N$105.5 million) deficit last year, exacerbated by a hefty payment to former Wallaby Israel Folau after his sacking over homophobic social media posts. Clarke said the job cuts were phase one of a planned organisational restructure.

“The next phase will focus on the role of Rugby Australia and the member unions to find further opportunities for savings and efficiencies in the way we deliver our rugby programmes and administrative operations across each of our businesses,” he said.

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