Eleven former Wallabies captains call for head of Aussie Rugby boss Raelene Castle

A group of 11 disgruntled former Wallabies captains have called for heads to roll at Rugby Australia - including Kiwi Raelene Castle.

Castle's position as RA chief executive has been under scrutiny for months, dating back to her handling of the Israel Folau lawsuit

Calls for Castle's tenure to be seriously evaluated intensified during the recent wage dispute and her failure to secure a broadcast deal beyond this year. 

Australia's 1991 Rugby World Cup-winning skipper Nick Farr-Jones is reportedly the driving force behind the latest shot at Castle's leadership, after a vote-of-no-confidence letter was delivered to AR headquarters on Tuesday. 

Nick Farr-Jones
Nick Farr-Jones Photo credit: AAP file

Eleven former Wallaby captains signed the letter, including Phil Kearns, who is widely tipped as the leading candidate to replace Castle as boss of Australian rugby. 

According to several Australian media outlets, George Gregan, Stirling Mortlock, George Smith, Michael Lynagh, Stephen Moore, Nathan Sharpe, Simon Podiven, Rod McCall and Jason Little have joined Kearns and Farr-Jones on the roll call. 

"In recent times, the Australian game has lost its way," the letter reads. "It is a defeat inflicted, not by COVID-19 or an on-field foe, but rather by poor administration and leadership over a number of years.

"Our rural clubs, junior clubs, sub-districts and community clubs have been let down, and we firmly believe transformation is needed across the game in this country.

"There's no time to waste. We speak as one voice when we say Australian rugby needs a new vision, leadership and a plan for the future.

"That plan must involve, as a priority, urgent steps to create a much-needed sustainable, commercial rugby business."

RA acknowledges it has received the letter and invited the signatories to meet with the board.

"Rugby Australia respects and values the opinions of these former Wallabies leaders and statesmen, and has welcomed the group to meet with the board at its earliest convenience.

"Rugby Australia also welcomes the involvement of the group in its current process to review the rugby landscape, as it navigates the effects of the global COVID-19 health and economic crisis."