Rugby Australia manager Peter Wiggs steps down after six weeks in office

MELBOURNE Rugby Australia (RA) director Peter Wiggs resigned after less than six weeks in office amid reports of disharmony on the board as the governing body searching for a new executive director to replace Raelene Castle .

Private equity manager Wiggs had been backed by influential sponsors in Australian sports to replace the RA president Paul McLean , who must resign in July.

However, local media reported Tuesday that his attempt to push the appointment of the non-Australia Olympic Committee (AOC) executive director, Matt Carroll, to replace Castle without a recruitment process, was not to the liking of other directors.

Peter has decided to withdraw from the board and I understand his reasons, McLean said in a RA statement Wednesday.

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You have done very important work and made a valuable contribution to the organization, in a very short time, and we are grateful for your contribution.

The board's immediate priority is to install a replacement for Peter and an interim Executive Director. I will provide an update on those matters at the appropriate time.

Carroll noted that he was not interested in the role of RA on Tuesday, and said in a statement that he was focused on his work at the AOC.

RA is battling a financial crisis amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with uncertainty about future earnings due to suspension of all rugby in Australia and other nations.

New Zealander Castle quit last month after nearly three years at the helm, saying she believed the RA board no longer wanted her in the role.