Rugby Australia 'united' behind Raelene Castle

Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle [R] and Director of Rugby Scott Johnson [L] announced Dave Rennie's appointment in Sydney. Brett Hemmings/Getty Images

The Rugby Australia board has thrown its support behind Chief Executive Raelene Castle following speculation her position was under threat.

Sydney radio outlet 2GB had claimed there was a lack of unity between the board and Castle over their approach to the Israel Folau case, and as a result her position would be placed on the board's agenda.

However, Rugby Australia Chairman Cameron Clyne dismissed the rumour in Sydney on Monday.

"Raelene's position is not in question," Clyne confirmed. "The Board is united behind the process undertaken with Israel Folau."

Clyne also provided clarity around Rugby Australia's broadcast negotiations following a report it had rejected an offer made by Fox Sports for the rights from 2021 onwards.

"2020 is an important year with the broadcast rights," he said. "Negotiations underway and we remain in dialogue with our long-term partner Fox Sports as we aim to deliver the strongest levels of coverage for all of our competitions over the next five-year cycle."