August 25, 2015

NSW Rugby Union release a statement on structural changes and governance

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The full unedited statement from New South Wales Rugby Union is below:

Following a New South Wales Rugby Union Limited Board meeting held on Friday 21 August 2015, the following structural changes were resolved regarding the administrative body NSW Rugby Union and the commercial entity responsible for the management of the NSW Waratahs:

  • Two boards will be retained, to oversee NSW Waratahs Limited (WL) and New South Wales Rugby Union Limited (NSWRU).
  • A Group Chairman will oversee the running of both boards, and there will be a single CEO overseeing both organisations. The Group Chairman position will be taken up by current NSW Waratahs Limited Chairman Roger Davis until at least the end of 2016.
  • The current Trade Mark Licence agreement will be extended for a further five years, whereby NSWRU grant WL use of trademarks to run the professional team and participate in the Super Rugby competition.
  • Kerry Chikarovski, current NSWRU Director and Chair of Woman’s Rugby in NSW, will join the Board of WL effective immediately as part of the reform.

This outcome was reached after taking into consideration the recent key findings from the Governance Review conducted by Josephine Sukkar in May 2015, as well as various consultations with the Australian Rugby Union.

NSW Waratahs Limited Chairman Roger Davis said the outcome of the review was positive for the future of the sport in New South Wales.

“I am satisfied with the outcome of the Governance review and its pragmatism, and I thank Josephine Sukkar for all her efforts in this regard,” Davis said.

“Certainly the new adopted governance model ends a period of uncertainty associated with the licence extension for the Waratahs, and builds closer ties and pathways between the community and the professional games.”

“As in previous reports into the game, such as the Arbib and Crawford Reports, these findings recognise each organisation’s unique operating model and key success factors; and thus sets up rugby in New South Wales for a very successful and robust future” Davis added.

New South Wales Rugby Union Chairman Nick Farr-Jones echoed Davis’ sentiments, saying that the tweaking of the Boards and extension of the Trademark Licence Agreement would see a closer integration of all rugby stakeholders across the State.

“This has been an exhaustive review process and I would like to express my appreciation to Josephine Sukkar for her time and professionalism in conducting the independent review and providing her recommendations,” Farr-Jones said.

“Given the requirement for Constitutional change to implement the recommended changes and having had in depth discussions with NSW Rugby affiliate board directors and meetings with the affiliates in recent weeks I am confident this newly agreed model will best serve the state and all rugby stakeholders, professional and community for the next five years.”

An agreed outcome of the new structure is to go to market for a CEO who will oversee both the professional and community components of the game. This process will commence shortly with the aim to have a preferred candidate appointed before the end of the year.


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