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And yet she took the job anyway knowing that Wallaby performance is a fundamental criteria of her job? What does that tell you?

The Wrap: Unravelling Australian rugby’s unholy war

No. It’s a reference to why she shouldn’t have got the job in the first place.

The Wrap: Unravelling Australian rugby’s unholy war

Can’t say what?

The Wrap: Unravelling Australian rugby’s unholy war

I’ve outlined those many times in other posts. I’m getting a little tired of repeating myself but since you ask:

In my view the most important role of the CEO on an annual basis is to ensure good wallaby performance and good financial performance. Fail on both of those counts.

Longer term I expect a CEO to install a high performance culture, strong financial planning, a clearly articulated 3/5&10 year strategic plan and to engage with all stakeholders. Below pass mark on those counts.

It is evident that she failed to get the clauses she wanted in Folau’s original contract (some say that doesn’t matter to the end result but it is indicative of a failure of attention to detail). She, in my view, handled the Folau issue very poorly. She had to be rescued re the recent player payment negotiations. Overplayed her hand with Fox. Fell out with senior staff (publicly). Fluffed her dealings with Larkham. Lost the confidence of senior stakeholders. Astoundingly gave the organisation a 72% mark for its performance last year which indicates a loss of connection with reality.

I’m sure you’ll roll out the usual U20’s success etc but frankly that matters little.

All CEO’s know they are judged on performance. 2+ years is an extra long honeymoon period. She’s not the work experience kid she’s the CEO and going into the job she should’ve understood the difficulties. If she didn’t she was naive and had no business being there. Frankly my view is her past record indicates she should never have got the job. That view is only emphasised by her performance as RA CEO.

Good luck to her. I’m sure she’s a nice person but simply not a CEO of high profile organisation with so many stakeholders.

The Wrap: Unravelling Australian rugby’s unholy war

The lack of balance in the article is evident for all to see. It’s my view that those that support Castle, you included, fail to see any fault in her at all. Worse still you have no time for her detractors. Projecting on to them and imputing motives that exist only within your own thought process.

A person I used to play with told me once that John Hart told him “the worst thing you can do to someone is elevate them to a position they aren’t up to.”

I don’t think Castle was up to it and I think her supporters will point to any imagined reason to distract from that fact.

I stand corrected re: 2 & 1/3 rather than 2 & 3/4 years but I hardly think the difference is significant.

I did read your story and found the content and thematic one sided.

Finally I’m a little sick and tired of people denigrating former Wallaby captains because they took action they deemed necessary in defence of the game they love. Many are men of character who played and led with pride, passion and commitment. I know many of them personally, as I’m sure you do. In fact I’ve know NFJ for more than 30 years. He and a number of the others are not reactionary. BTW he grew up in the shire so does he qualify as eastern suburbs or north shore? You see if you want to take a moral high ground you shouldn’t make silly little comments like those.

The Wrap: Unravelling Australian rugby’s unholy war

But that wasn’t your original point was it.

The Wrap: Unravelling Australian rugby’s unholy war

What a wonderful work of fiction!
It would appear that Castle’s major flaw was her inability to publicise (except to the author and her Roar faithful) just how good a CEO she was.
The geography of her upbringing combined with Australian’s general misogynistic bigotry and xenophobia brought this heroic fearless leader down. Not her incompetence and inability to manage an organisation.
Of course her history at the Bulldogs should’ve been a fair indication of her likely performance.
Seems to me the outrage at her demise is inversely proportional to her actual ability.
She had 2 & 3/4 years as CEO. She was, in my view, a failure and thus deserved no more time. To paint her detractors as fox stooges or jealous xenophobes is just lazy. A journalist who refuses to even contemplate two sides to a story is not a journalist. They are a mouthpiece and ought to be recognised as such.

The Wrap: Unravelling Australian rugby’s unholy war

But he’s not on 800k a year less is he. RA is paying the difference.

The Wrap: Unravelling Australian rugby’s unholy war

Incorrect

Australian rugby has its problems, but Raelene Castle was not one of them

Super rugby teams are better.? You must be joking

Australian rugby has its problems, but Raelene Castle was not one of them

I think your comment is factually wrong. Castle mismanaged the Folau saga (of that there is no doubt) and he’s playing super league in France not 2nd division.

Raelene Castle resigns as Rugby Australia CEO

TWAS you either have no knowledge of the reality of board processes or you are purposefully deluding yourself.

Raelene Castle resigns as Rugby Australia CEO

So a CEO just gets a free pass? When a CEO takes a job they know they probably have a 12-18 month period where they can blame their predecessor. After that you have to own performance. Seems to me you want to blame everything that’s wrong with RA on someone else and everything that went ok (and it’s a pretty small list) is due to RC. Sorry, but it don’t work like that.

Raelene Castle resigns as Rugby Australia CEO

Why is it people label the things they don’t like as “un-Australian”?

Raelene Castle resigns as Rugby Australia CEO

I disagree. What was to be gained by keeping her on whilst looking for a replacement?

Raelene Castle resigns as Rugby Australia CEO

I hear they’re still awaiting payment.

Raelene Castle resigns as Rugby Australia CEO

Nope. Hooper is a good player. Not worth the money he is paid and in my view a bad choice for captain.

Raelene Castle resigns as Rugby Australia CEO

New coaching structure yet to be tested
Aren’t all selections accountable on the scoreboard?
Excellent coaching team, maybe, wait to see the results
Swift resolution to the Folau case bwahahahaha. Was that sarcasm?

Raelene Castle resigns as Rugby Australia CEO

Not really sure where the animosity comes from. This is an opinion site right?

Raelene Castle resigns as Rugby Australia CEO

I’d welcome a new board KCOL

Raelene Castle resigns as Rugby Australia CEO

She resigned after the board told her she no longer had their support. That polite boardroom talk for “she got sacked”. As was the “she won’t be seeing out the last year of her contract“ with the bulldogs.

Raelene Castle resigns as Rugby Australia CEO

Those are two very separate questions. A leader is judged by their success. Ultimately the CEO of Australian Rugby will be judged on the financial position of the organisation (dire even before COVID) and the success of the national team. Not on a subjective internal 72% score. In all the major respects Castle was a failure. Whether someone else given the same set of problems would’ve done better we’ll never know but frankly she shouldn’t have got the job in the first place. She was eminently unqualified.

Raelene Castle resigns as Rugby Australia CEO

What? Why did she try to get the clause inserted after the contract had been signed if it wasn’t a stuff up? Geez, people here will defend the indefensible before they will admit the slightest fault in their argument.

Raelene Castle resigns as Rugby Australia CEO

No court finds a person innocent.

Raelene Castle resigns as Rugby Australia CEO

Actually the failure to properly ensure the contract had a proper social media clause before having your most high profile, highest paid employee sign it thereby costing your business millions in the wash up is pretty unforgivable. Plenty of people would get the push for that mistake alone. They certainly would get a self assessed 72% grade and $100k+ bonus.

Raelene Castle resigns as Rugby Australia CEO