Statement regarding Wallabies Captains' letter

by Rugby Australia

Rugby Australia has today received a letter signed by 11 Wallabies Captains raising their concerns over how the game has been administered in recent years.

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.

Former Wallabies captain and Rugby Australia Chairman, Paul McLean said: “I have been in contact with a member of the group today and have offered to arrange a meeting with the full Board as soon as is reasonably practicable.

"These are respected former Wallabies Captains and the Board would value their input as we work through the challenges that Rugby has faced over the last few years and that have been amplified by the Coronavirus pandemic. The Board is also prepared to work with the group to provide them access to the information requested in the letter.

“The Board had commenced the process of establishing a review group to investigate a whole of Rugby review that includes professional Rugby, semi-professional Rugby, and community rugby. The Board would welcome the input of the signatories of the letter into the review process. It is intended that input for the review would be sought from a wide range of stakeholders including current and former players.

"Now is the time for us to come together in the interests of the entire Rugby community.”