CEO's success judged on field

2010-08-02 15:50
Jurie Roux (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Jurie Roux, the newly appointed chief executive of SARU, feels that his performance as the business guru of South African rugby will be linked to the success of the national rugby team.

Roux held his first press conference in his capacity as national rugby's new chief executive officer at Newlands on Monday afternoon.

"This is a very public position and the success of this organisation gets judged on the field," said Roux.

"All the focus is on the Springboks and how they perform."

When Roux starts his tenure on September 1, one of his first tasks will be to oversee the amalgamation of SARU and SA Rugby (Pty) Ltd to ensure a smooth transition. He said he has yet to establish what his focus and goals will be but he will not be influenced by his observations of national rugby's administration in the past.

"I have perceptions (about how rugby was run) but perceptions can be dangerous," said Roux. "I will take my lead from the executive council and find out what their priorities are.

"I would like to improve whatever there is at SA Rugby at the moment. I also have to understand the structures of SA Rugby.

"I did not see much wrong with SA Rugby while I was at Western Province." Roux is presently the vice-president of Western Province RFU and chairman of Stellenbosch Rugby Club.

"I am passionate about rugby and the business of rugby," said Roux. "I am looking forward to the challenge and to experience the position.

"I have learnt many lessons from rugby, and I have been given lots of advice while I've been in the business of rugby.

"I don't even know what I am going to get paid and all I know about the job is what I've seen in the job description as it was advertised in the newspaper.

"But I will say that it is hard to fault an organization that is financially stable."

Factfile: Jurie Roux 

Full name: Jurie Wynand Roux

Born: September 5, 1970, Strand

Educated: Paarl Gymnasium, University of Stellenbosch


B.Comm (Management Accounting); B.Comm (Financial Accounting); BBA (Business Management and Administration); LLB (Bachelor of Laws); MBA (Complete – awaiting approval of thesis)


Senior director: Finance and Asset Management, University of Stellenbosch; Chairman African Sun Media (Pty) Ltd; Director PURCO (Pty) Ltd; Director SUSPI (Pty) Ltd; Chairman USKOR Trust.

Rugby credentials   

Player Stellenbosch Rugby Football Club (fullback) 1989-1998; Maties tour manager (eight overseas tours) 2000 to present; Assistant first team coach 2000-2001; Maties first team manager 2002-2004; Chairman Stellenbosch Rugby Football Club 2004 to present; Team manager SA Students since 2007; Director WP Rugby (Pty) Ltd since 2008; Vice-president Western Province Rugby Football Union since 2008; Chairman Varsity Cup Board since 2009.

Read more on:    saru  |  jurie roux

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Saturday, 21 October 2017
Australia v New Zealand, Suncorp Stadium 11:00
Saturday, 04 November 2017
Japan v Australia, Yokohama 06:40
Saturday, 11 November 2017
Scotland v Samoa, Edinburgh 15:30
Italy v Fiji, Catania 16:00
England v Argentina, Twickenham 16:00
Wales v Australia, Principality Stadium 19:15
Ireland v South Africa, Dublin 19:30
France v New Zealand, Paris 20:45
Saturday, 18 November 2017
Wales v Georgia, Principality Stadium 16:30
Ireland v Fiji, Aviva Stadium 19:30
France v South Africa, Saint Denis 20:45
Sunday, 19 November 2017
Italy v Argentina, 02:00
Scotland v New Zealand, BT Murrayfield 02:00
England v Australia, Twickenham 02:00
Saturday, 25 November 2017
Italy v South Africa, 15:30
Ireland v Argentina, Aviva Stadium 19:30

The Springboks' 25-24 defeat to the All Blacks at Newlands was ...

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 PSL season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.