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Raelene Castle: Leadership Lessons as CEO of Rugby Australia, Bulldogs, Sport New Zealand and more!

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Raelene Castle is the CEO of Sport NZ, and one of the most accomplished and experienced administrators in NZ sport. 

She spent six years as CEO of Netball NZ, before becoming the first female CEO of an NRL team, when she led the Bulldogs for six years. 

After that she smashed another glass wall, becoming Rugby Australia’s first female CEO in 2018. 

In this episode we talk about the challenges of the Israel Folau saga, when she found herself at the centre of one of sports biggest controversies at Rugby Australia, how she got the job at the Bulldogs, her relationship with Des Hassler and the most insightful memories from six years inside the NRL, lessons in leadership, how she got her start at Netball NZ, her return to New Zealand and the challenges facing sport here. 

After listening to this, you’ll get a taste for why Raelene has had the career she has. She’s the real deal, full of energy, sharp as a tack and doesn’t miss a beat. This was a lot of fun and we're so stoked to be able to bring Raelene’s story to you in full. 

We're also delighted to announce Raelene has joined our Speaking business at B2B Speakers. If you'd like to hire Raelene, or one of our other guests to speak at your function or event, flick us a message by going to

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