Raelene Castle passes the ball for the media after becoming Rugby Australia's new chief executive, making her the first woman to ever oversee the sport anywhere in the world, in Sydney on December 12, 2017. Castle, a former boss of Netball New Zealand, has been tasked with unifying the sport after the protracted and acrimonious Super Rugby saga.
Castle, who left the Canterbury Bulldogs at the end of the National Rugby League season, pipped former Wallaby captain Phil Kearns for the role, according to local media.
"Raelene impressed the board with her vision for rugby and her clear understanding of what needs to be done to strengthen and unite the code at all levels," RA chairman Cameron Clyne said.
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