Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan was removed from his position on Sunday after state unions disagreed over plans to centralize the structure of the sport. Six state unions had called for McLennan’s resignation, and when he refused, an extraordinary general meeting voted to remove him from his position. McLennan chose to quit the board entirely rather than remain as a director. He will be replaced by former Wallaby Dan Herbert. The decision to remove McLennan comes in the wake of Rugby Australia’s plans to create a united high performance program and take charge of the Super Rugby franchises’ commercial functions. This move comes after a disappointing World Cup performance. McLennan’s departure marks a significant shift in the leadership of Rugby Australia and signals a period of transition for the organization.
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