Amid demands from disgruntled member unions to resign, Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan is refusing to back down and has welcomed calls for an Extraordinary General Meeting. The calls for his resignation come after a terrible year for the Wallabies, with six state unions losing faith in his leadership and calling on him to step down. Despite their demand, McLennan has indicated that he will only step aside if he loses a vote at an EGM. He has expressed a willingness to walk if that happens, emphasizing the need to unify around fixing the game. McLennan’s attempt to usher through reform measures, including centralization, has faced opposition from some member unions even before the Wallabies’ disappointing performance at the Rugby World Cup. With some unions believing they have the votes to force him out, the situation is a tense one for Rugby Australia. However, McLennan has the support of some powerful allies, including Andrew and Nicola Forrest, Cadbury chief executive Darren O’Brien, and former Prime Minister John Howard.

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