Castle to leave Rugby Australia
Raelene Castle has resigned as CEO of Rugby Australia.
Speculation mounted on Thursday afternoon on the embattled CEO with reports surfacing she had less than a week left in the job.
It is understood that the RA board made it clear to Castle that they needed clean air, to which she then offered her resignation.
In a statement provided to the ABC, Castle said: "I love rugby on every level and I will always love the code and the people I have had the honour of working with since I took this role.
"I made it clear to the board that I would stand up and take the flak and do everything possible to serve everyone's best interests.
"In the last couple of hours, it has been made clear to me that the board believes my no longer being the CEO would help give them the clear air they believe they need.
"The game is bigger than any one individual — so this evening I told the chair [Paul McLean] that I would resign from the role.
"I will do whatever is needed to ensure an orderly handover. I wish the code and everyone who loves rugby nothing but the best and I would like to thank the people I work with and the broader rugby community for their enormous support."