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Rugby Australia chairman Clyne to step down

Rugby Australia (RA) chairman Cameron Clyne has confirmed he will not seek re-election in 2020 after a controversial stint in the role.

Clyne took over the position at the back end of 2015 and has faced plenty of criticism during his four years as chairman.

Many blame Clyne for the decision that saw Western Force axed from Super Rugby, while the call to retain Michael Cheika as head coach following a dismal run of form in 2018 was questioned.

RA is also locked in a legal dispute with former Wallabies back Israel Folau, who had his contract terminated in April for a “high-level breach” after he posted “hell awaits drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters” on Instagram.

Clyne said he hopes his decision to stand down will see the attention return to on-field matters and not factors off the pitch.

“Unfortunately, recently, much of the focus of the media has been directed at myself, which has overshadowed a lot of great work that has been done and continues to be done at the community level through to the national level by our volunteers, administrators, players, coaches, and match officials across the country,” he said via a statement.

“It is hoped that with my resignation, the attention can return to where it rightfully should be, which is on the field and that this positive work will be highlighted.

“I have decided that I will not seek re-election when my term concludes at the Rugby Australia AGM in March next year.”

Clyne added he will still play a key role in overseeing key issues, including a resolution to the Folau dispute.

“Over the next four months I, along with the rest of the board, remain committed to overseeing the delivery of a new broadcast deal, the appointment of a new Wallabies head coach, and the conclusion of the legal matter involving Israel Folau,” he added.

“During this time, the board will work with the Member Union Chairs and the Nominations Committee to find a suitable replacement for my position on the board and I will aim to make a seamless transition from the role, with a replacement in place at the AGM.

“Personally, it’s been an incredible privilege to have served as chairman and to have been part of such a professional and devoted team on the Rugby Australia board. I look forward to continuing to support the game after my time in the role concludes.” News wire is powered by opta

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