Edwin Zemancheff has stepped down as chairman of the Waratahs Rugby Board of Directors following two seasons in charge.
The decision comes after a poor Super Rugby campaign where the team lost its final eight matches.
Zemancheff and the Waratahs Rugby organisation were put on notice by NSW Rugby on Saturday when NSW Rugby chairman Nick Farr-Jones said the Waratahs needed to re-engage with a “disenfranchised” public and told the Daily Telegraph the NSWRU are reviewing their Super Rugby licencing deal with current Waratahs bosses.
After the split of the professional and community arms of NSW Rugby in 2009, the NSWRU retained the licence for Super Rugby but gave it to Waratahs Rugby for five years, for an annual fee of $1-$1.175m.
The agreement has two years left to run but after a disappointing Super Rugby season on and off-field, Farr-Jones told the Telegraph that NSWRU were currently discussing and reviewing the licence deal, suggesting more immediate action could be on the cards.
The Waratahs’ licence was the agenda of a NSWRU board meeting last Friday.
“From a community rugby perspective I have continued to make suggestions about how we can do it better, but the actual playing and coaching side of it is not my responsibility,” Farr Jones said.
A statement released on the Waratahs Rugby website tonight praised Zemancheff.
”Edwin Zemancheff was appointed Waratahs Rugby Chairman in December 2009 and in two seasons has helped the organisation establish a strong financial position and secured a high calibre Board that will enable Waratahs Rugby to deliver a sustainable future for the whole of Rugby in NSW.