Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan is not backing down after being under siege from disgruntled member unions demanding his resignation. McLennan has welcomed calls for an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) amid the demands for him to step down from his leadership role after a terrible year for the Wallabies.
The letter calling for McLennan’s resignation was signed by the chairmen of six state unions, while three other entities did not support the move. The situation has led to emergency board meetings and discussions about the future of the chairman. McLennan is insisting that he will not resign unless he loses a vote at the EGM.
Some of the member unions believe they have the numbers to force McLennan out at the EGM, which must be held within 60 days of being announced. Despite the backlash, McLennan has received support from other influential figures, including business leaders and former Prime Minister John Howard. He is standing his ground, stating that an EGM will be the opportunity to resolve the issue once and for all.