Hoskins steps away from SARU

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 08:59
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NEWS: Oregan Hoskins has vacated his position as SA Rugby president with immediate effect at a general council meeting on Wednesday.

Deputy president Mark Alexander will act as the interim president until an election can be held to replace Hoskins, who spent a decade in the position.

He was elected to a two-year term in February 2006, when he opposed the incumbent Brian van Rooyen. Hoskins was elected to the executive of the International Rugby Board (IRB) - now World Rugby - in the same year and rose to be vice-chairman of the organisation before opting not to stand for re-election in May 2016.

He was re-elected as SA Rugby president on a further three occasions in 2008 (two years) and four-year terms in 2010 and 2014.

"I have enjoyed a remarkable 10 and a half years in one of the most high-profile roles in South African sport and have enjoyed some incredible highs. It has been a pleasure and privilege and I want to thank everyone involved in South African rugby for the fantastic journey we have shared.

"There have also been plenty of challenges to confront but I wouldn't have wanted it any other way - it's an indication of how much our sport matters in this country.

"At the time of my election, I never imagined that I would still be here 10 years later and I look back with considerable satisfaction over what has been achieved in that time. However, over recent months we have faced tough challenges and had some tough conversations which have made me think about my role and my future.

"Being president of SA Rugby has become a full-time job and with my term due to end, I decided that, after a decade in the job, it was now time to start the next phase of my career and allow someone else to take on this important role," Hoskins said.

A number of notable landmarks were achieved during his presidency with the winning of the 2007 World Cup, a series victory over the British & Irish Lions, the Tri-Nations title and Sevens titles - including Commonwealth gold and an Olympic bronze medal.

Hoskins also oversaw the expansion of elite playing opportunities for SA players with the addition of two South African teams to the Super Rugby competition and he also introduced stability to the national coaching position. Only three Springbok coaches were appointed during his presidency while there were six appointments in the previous decade.

The General Council paid tribute to Hoskins' contribution to rugby, both domestically and internationally as an office bearer at World Rugby.

Other notable achievements include the amalgamation of the two previous arms of the sport - amateur and professional - into a more efficient entity and the ground-breaking Strategic Transformation Plan.

"In the current global economic climate every business has its challenges and rugby certainly faces those, but I think we can look back with satisfaction on what has been achieved over the past decade.

"All a player ever wants to do is leave the jersey in a better condition than in which they found it, and I hope that my peers will say that of me. I want to thank you for the opportunity to serve as president of South African rugby and to carry on the good fight in what I regard as the greatest sport in South Africa.

"I think we are a more disciplined, better run and a much more focused sport than we were in 2006. But after 10 hard years in the hot seat, it's time for me to hand over to a new person to carry this heavy burden, but a wonderful privilege," he added.

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