Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Rugby | International Rugby

ARU chief O'Neill steps down early



Australian rugby supremo John O'Neill will stand down as Australian Rugby Union chief executive at the end of the month, the ARU said on Friday.

The ARU board and O'Neill, who has been a strong supporter of embattled Wallabies coach Robbie Deans, said they had reached agreement to bring forward a departure date originally planned for late next year.

The resignation will allow O'Neill – who has spent almost 14 years in two stints in the role – to concentrate on other business interests, the ARU said.

O'Neill was CEO of the ARU from 1995 to 2004 and stepped down after successfully organising the 2003 World Cup in Australia. He spent three years at the head of Football Federation Australia before returning to the ARU in 2007.

He played a pivotal role in luring Deans from New Zealand to become the first foreign coach of the Wallabies in 2008.

Current deputy chief executive Matt Carroll will be acting CEO from next month while a global search is conducted for a long-term replacement, the ARU said.

O'Neill said Australian rugby was positioned for a bright future.

"I am honoured during my second term at the ARU to have played a role in shaping the transformation of the game and I look forward to seeing Australian rugby go from strength to strength," he said.

ARU Chairman Michael Hawker said O'Neill had been a wonderful and committed contributor to the game over a long period of time and was stepping down after having laid the foundation for an important evolutionary phase for Australian rugby.

"John's workload beyond rugby has recently grown significantly and unexpectedly," Hawker said.

"John had previously indicated he was standing down when his contract ended next year, so the timing of his resignation is now logical for both him and the ARU."

While O'Neill is standing down from an executive role at ARU, he will continue to serve as an ARU delegate to the International Rugby Board, as Chairman of the IRB Regulations Committee, and as a Board member of Rugby World Cup Ltd, the ARU said.

Shop

SA rugby Annual 2014
The 2014 SA Rugby Annual is the official record of the South African season and is widely considered to be one of the finest yearbooks in world rugby
R175.00
Victor - My Journey
As the most capped Springbok ever, Victor Matfield is a national hero who transcends rugby provincialism and has fans across the world
R198.44
The Poisoned Chalice
The Springboks have had several post-isolation coaches, and if they agree on nothing else, they will concur that everyone in the job suffers enormous pressure
R157.00
Coach - Marco Botha
At 34, Heyneke Meyer was fired as head coach of a Super Rugby team for the second time
R110.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Live Video Streaming

Serie A: SuperSport H\L - Matchday 1: Roma v Fiorentina
Mon, 01 Sep @ 05:00
Tue, 02 Sep @ 01:00

Sports Talk



Brenden Nel
Perspective, a Bok fan's unwanted friend
For all the howls of anger that have come after the Salta great escape by the Boks, perhaps it is...

Brendan Venter
The measure of a man
For all the criticism I levelled against Argentina for their negative play in the Loftus Versfeld...

Tony Johnson
Finally we get some perspective
Not until we get into the next group of games will we have some perspective and context in which to...

Gavin Rich
Selection continuity may be Bok problem
I have subscribed to the assumption that the Springboks are benefitted playing the Pumas at the...