Melbourne Rebels CEO Baden Stephenson has assured that the Super Rugby franchise is not at risk of collapsing. Rugby Australia has appointed Peter Horne as the national high performance director, but he will not start his new role until March. Despite this, Rugby Australia is still in discussions with outgoing Ireland high-performance director David Nucifora, and Joe Schmidt is reportedly interested in becoming the new Wallabies head coach. The Rebels have faced financial difficulties, but Stephenson has assured players and staff that their job security is secure until 2024. The Rugby Australia is facing financial troubles, and there are discussions about reducing the number of Super Rugby franchises from five to four. RA’s decisions have put further strain on the Super Rugby franchises, and there are whispers about a return to four franchises. The Rebels are currently dealing with financial issues, but Stephenson has reassured players and staff and wished them a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.