Rugby Australia cuts 47 fulltime jobs in latest phase of business overhaul

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Rugby Australia [RA] will cut 47 of its fulltime staff in the latest step of cost-cutting measures set to continue across the business.

The first round of RA redundancies had been coming for more than two months, after the code's tenuous financial position was laid bare by the coronavirus pandemic.

The majority of the business' 142 fulltime staff have been stood down since April 1, while senior executives had also taken a pay cut of 30 percent. Former chief executive Raelene Castle saw her salary cut by 65 percent before she resigned amid a lack of confidence from the Rugby Australia board.

Australia's professional players had agreed to pay cuts of up to 60 percent, too.

But it hasn't been enough to save the jobs of 47 employees at RA's Moore Park headquarters, with the retrenchment process to take place across the "coming months".

"Today was an incredibly difficult day for the organisation with many people affected by changes that are necessary to ensure the viability and sustainability of the organisation as a result of the devastating impacts of the pandemic," RA's acting chief executive Rob Clarke said.

"We have delivered the news to staff this morning and told them that Rugby Australia values the contribution of each and every one of them, some of whom have given significant service to Rugby Australia and to the game over many years.

"This is a difficult time for a lot of very passionate, hard-working Rugby people and we are committed to helping those people find their next opportunity, whether it be within the game or elsewhere."

RA says the job cuts -- which also include a further 30 individual contractors and casual staff who have had their roles terminated immediately -- will save the game AU$5.5 million.

The governing body will also move to reduce the wages of senior staff by 5 percent when they return to work later this year.

On Sunday, Clarke confirmed RA's financial reports had at last been sent to the Australian Securities and Investment Commission after they were declared a "going concern" by auditors KPMG.

Rugby Australia remains without a broadcast deal -- a large chunk of the business' revenue -- for 2020, but they do appear to be closing in on an agreement with current broadcast partner Fox Sports to televise the upcoming Super Rugby AU competition, which on Monday was confirmed won't include Japan's Sunwolves.

Clarke said RA would continue to look for savings across the business, flagging further reductions across both the professional and community games around the country.

Incoming Wallabies coach Dave Rennie will not have his salary affected.

"Today we have announced phase one of the restructure of the Rugby landscape, and the next phase will focus on the role of Rugby Australia and the Member Unions to find further opportunities for savings and efficiencies in the way we deliver our Rugby programs and administrative operations across each of our businesses," said Clarke.

"This second phase involves a significant piece of work that will be managed carefully over the coming months working closely with the leaders of each of the organisations looking at both the delivery of the professional game, and the community game across each State and Territory."