Embattled Castle takes another big hit

Rugby Australia remains confident an agreement over player pay cuts will be hammered out before next week, with CEO Raelene Castle agreeing to a 65 per cent drop in salary.

Castle had taken a 50 per cent cut, but on Thursday revealed she was taking another 15 per cent off her $815,000 annual salary.

“We’ve been head down concentrating on trying to find a plan that protects the long term viability of the game, looking under every rock to try to save every penny we can to make sure the game is on a stable footing for the long term,” Castle told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“Off the back of that I’ve decided to take an additional 15 per cent that will take my pay cut to 65 per cent.

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“Overnight 80 per cent of the game’s revenue was turned off and, at the time, taking a 50 per cent pay cut was the best thing I felt I could do to lead in this unprecedented situation. After another few weeks of work, the right number is 65 per cent.

“It’s the right thing to do. I have made that decision and recommended it to the board because we’re facing really tough times and have to make these calls. Like everyone through the game that’s had to stand down and make difficult decisions, I’m no different.”

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No resolution was reached between RA and the Rugby Union Players’ Association (RUPA) on Thursday when talks were postponed after a RA director fell ill.

Both sides are looking to advance the situation and will resume talks on Saturday morning.

RA are believed to have asked the players to take a 65 per cent pay cut until the end of September.

RUPA are still working their way through information-sharing and clarity on RA’s cashflows, after last weekend receiving the details they had been asking for. Players at three of the four Australian Super Rugby franchises are believed to be due payment shortly after the Easter break.

The cash-strapped governing body last week stood down 75 per cent of their non-player workforce, after announcing a $9.4 million loss.

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