While most Super Rugby players have been chomping at the bit for almost a month since the COVID-19 pandemic forced the suspension of the season, All Blacks fly-half Beauden Barrett has been seeing out the last few weeks of his sabbatical.
Raelene Castle says she will slice another 15 percent off her salary as the Rugby Union Australia chief looks to strike a pay deal with the country's top players, insisting: 'It's the right thing to do."
This has been a tough old time for Raelene Castle. But does she deserve such intense criticism; are the problems affecting Australian rugby all her doing? Sam Bruce analyses both sides of the code-splitting debate.
The Super Rugby champion Crusaders have been forced to apologise after several members of their squad were spied flouting New Zealand's isolation rules.
There has been a breakthrough in stalled talks between Rugby Australia and players regarding the COVID-19 shutdown as speculation swirls about the future of Raelene Castle.
Melbourne Rebels captain Dane Haylett-Petty has pointed to a rival code for their handling of the coronavirus-enforced cost cutting as talks between players and Rugby Australia (RA) go in circles.