Raelene Castle named Rugby Australia's first female chief excutive

George Smith,Jeremy Paul Justin Harrison Matt Cockbain and Stirling Mortlock of the Wallabies stand dejected before the William Webb Ellis Trophy in 2003

And in further good news for the code, Rugby Australia has also signalled its intention to bid for the Women's Rugby World Cup in 2021.

Australia, which co-hosted the inaugural Rugby World Cup with New Zealand in 1987 and staged it alone in 2003, will bid to host the women's World Cup in 2021 and the men's edition in 2027.

He added that she would bring "a fresh set of eyes" to the challenges facing the sport.

"I am really proud and excited about this competition launching next year and what this means for the game in Australia", Parry said.

"For a young girl picking up a rugby ball for the first-time next season, she will now have a clear and accessible pathway to represent her country through the Buildcorp Wallaroos and Qantas Australian Women's Sevens team", Pulver said via a media release.

Australian rugby will have a national women's XV competition in 2018 in a move that brings it alongside the AFL and NRL, and Rugby Australia's own fledgling sevens competition, in terms of development of women's sport Down Under.

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"My experience in rugby league was very strong".

She also has a rich sporting background as a former representative-level netball, tennis and lawn bowls player and as the daughter of New Zealand rugby league captain, Bruce Castle and three-time Commonwealth Games lawn bowls medallist, Marlene Castle. Castle is no stranger to passionate coaches, having worked with former Bulldogs coach Des Hasler.

"We have to be a sport of choice and that's how we look after our athletes, how we develop them and how we attract them to our shop front of the Wallabies is really important".

Castle is being touted as a unifying figure who could build bridges across a fractured rugby landscape in Australia.

Just how she manages Cheika, and his group of tight-knit confidants, in the run to Rugby World Cup 2019 will be an interesting sidebar to the Wallabies' on-field fortunes under the man himself. The Perth-based Force were eventually dumped from the competition.

Before beginning her career in sports administration with Netball New Zealand in 2007, Castle was a successful communications and marketing executive in the corporate sector. The [player] depth issue I think will change now with going to four teams, so that means we will have four teams that are more competitive.

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