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Kiwi Peters new SANZAR boss

2010-08-24 08:00

Cape Town - The three country SANZAR (South Africa, New Zealand, Australia Rugby) joint venture on Tuesday moved another step forward in its evolution with the appointment of experienced rugby administrator Greg Peters as its CEO.

Peters has been the CEO of the Hurricanes and Wellington Rugby Football Union since 2006, and has previously led the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union and worked for many years for the New Zealand Rugby Union.

He brings significant experience to the role including his time at the helm of the Hurricanes in Super Rugby, and his previous work on behalf of SANZAR in the role of Tournament Director and also managing broadcast contract negotiations in 2003 and 2004, while the SANZAR secretariat was managed by the NZRU.

Peters first started with the NZRU in 1998 and held a variety of roles with the organisation over the next eight years before taking charge of the Wellington Rugby Football Union and Hurricanes.

Current SANZAR Chairperson Mike Eagle said Peters is a great fit for SANZAR given his previous roles and SANZAR experience, and with his insight as CEO of one of the participating franchises in Super Rugby.

“SANZAR is in the midst of its largest transformation since its foundation with the expansion to 15 teams and a new conference-based model for Super Rugby, and the inclusion of Argentina from 2012 in a revamped Tri-Nations, so it’s a vital time to evolve the off-field structures,” he said.

“Greg brings a wealth of relevant experience and is well respected not only in New Zealand but in rugby circles across SANZAR so we believe he is the right person to lead us in this exciting growth phase for rugby in the southern hemisphere.”

Peters said he was looking forward to starting in his new role in November, which would give him time to fulfill his responsibilities with Wellington rugby.

“I have really enjoyed my time with Wellington and the Hurricanes and it is always hard to leave a job that has been so rewarding and while there are still goals to achieve.
 
“However, it’s rare to have an opportunity such as this one to lead a major rugby organisation through a significant growth phase.

“I am sure there will be challenges but that’s what makes sport so compelling, and the strength of the SANZAR alliance and the major competitions speak for themselves. The Tri-Nations features the three top-ranked teams in world rugby and we are about to welcome Argentina who finished third in Rugby World Cup 2007. In Super Rugby, we have the world’s most demanding cross-border provincial rugby competition and that intensity is set to increase with the new conference model, so there is no more exciting time to get involved.”

Peters, who will be based in Sydney, will start in his new role on November 1.

Sport24

Comments
  • kjj - 2010-08-24 08:37

    Watch sa suffer now . Another kiwi like obrien to brush our legitimate concerns aside. At least when the position was not permanent the incumbent knew that his actions were policed by the fact that whoever was done in could be in charge next. Could it be that this was done to prevent the influence of argentina becoming a problem for the anti Jaapies aliance.

  • Spartan - 2010-08-24 09:00

    & so the NZ domination of rugby administration continues, their primary aim, to eliminate the only team that is a real threat to their illegitimate ascendancy to the top. The have set this up beautifully, after years of not winning the WC, they resort to desperate tactics…which goes something like this...they acquire control of the IRB, then they change the rules to suit their game, then they influence the refs interpretation of the rules to suit them, then they cite players according to different sets of rules to suit themselves, then they intimidate our administration & refs, then they appoint another Kiwi at the head of Sanzar, just to make sure that they don’t get another hiding like last year & the country went into national morning. Call it what you want, at best I would call this favouritism & worst, a pre-meditated, planned & co-ordinated assault on their foes, i.e. a conspiracy. Sound far fetched, think again.

  • Kiwi - 2010-08-24 09:05

    @kjj. Do you really think that there is a South African that have enough brains to hold this post? You have devilliers,hoskins and sa ploiticians to f#@k your rugby up. Dont you dare suggest that we have to be subjected to another SA monkey!

  • @kjj - 2010-08-24 09:19

    oh please grow up man we're starting to sound pathetic. When you look at the way SARU have been behaving do you honestly think we had a chance of a candidate winning this position. NZ/AUS also have no time for the quota system, they pick people on merit. When we show respect we might actually get some back.

  • Old boy - 2010-08-24 09:28

    Agree with you KJJ, they seem to have their fingers in all the pie's. Chokers in world cups though, with or without the help of their friends...

  • Theo - 2010-08-24 09:32

    Hopefully in the near future Peters can be the CEO of NZAR or ANZAC rugby and the SA administrators would have walked away from this joke.

  • Bret - 2010-08-24 10:25

    Great a Kiwi in charge of the ref's and now a Kiwi in charge of SANZAR...!!! I suppose its better than that bloke from Aus.

  • Amazing - 2010-08-24 11:05

    @Kiwi - once again you're spot on with your analogy of SA Rugby and it's administration!! What's profoundly confusing though is your lack of voice regarding these issues.Everyone knows that SA Rugby is being handicapped by pure racism being imposed by our Government - yet why no threats/boycotts from you lot as in the past.Let me tell you why - it suits you field your best teams against our weakened side each week,but real sportsmen acknowledge the fact that we're handicapped and just look to sportsmen in other codes like Golf for that personal inspiration.

  • Amazing - 2010-08-24 11:05

    @Kiwi - once again you're spot on with your analogy of SA Rugby and it's administration!! What's profoundly confusing though is your lack of voice regarding these issues.Everyone knows that SA Rugby is being handicapped by pure racism being imposed by our Government - yet why no threats/boycotts from you lot as in the past.Let me tell you why - it suits you field your best teams against our weakened side each week,but real sportsmen acknowledge the fact that we're handicapped and just look to sportsmen in other codes like Golf for that personal inspiration.

  • Amazing - 2010-08-24 11:11

    @Kiwi - once again you're spot on with your analogy of SA Rugby and it's administration!! What's profoundly confusing though is your lack of voice regarding these issues.Everyone knows that SA Rugby is being handicapped by pure racism being imposed by our Government - yet why no threats/boycotts from you lot as in the past.Let me tell you why - it suits you field your best teams against our weakened side each week,but real sportsmen acknowledge the fact that we're handicapped and just look to sportsmen in other codes like Golf for that personal inspiration.

  • Amazing - 2010-08-24 11:12

    @Kiwi - once again you're spot on with your analogy of SA Rugby and it's administration!! What's profoundly confusing though is your lack of voice regarding these issues.Everyone knows that SA Rugby is being handicapped by pure racism being imposed by our Government - yet why no threats/boycotts from you lot as in the past.Let me tell you why - it suits you field your best teams against our weakened side each week,but real sportsmen acknowledge the fact that we're handicapped and just look to sportsmen in other codes like Golf for that personal inspiration.

  • Amazing - 2010-08-24 11:13

    @Kiwi - once again you're spot on with your analogy of SA Rugby and it's administration!! What's profoundly confusing though is your lack of voice regarding these issues.Everyone knows that SA Rugby is being handicapped by pure racism being imposed by our Government - yet why no threats/boycotts from you lot as in the past.Let me tell you why - it suits you field your best teams against our weakened side each week,but real sportsmen acknowledge the fact that we're handicapped and just look to sportsmen in other codes like Golf for that personal inspiration.

  • Amazing - 2010-08-24 11:14

    @Kiwi - once again you're spot on with your analogy of SA Rugby and it's administration!! What's profoundly confusing though is your lack of voice regarding these issues.Everyone knows that SA Rugby is being handicapped by pure racism being imposed by our Government - yet why no threats/boycotts from you lot as in the past.Let me tell you why - it suits you field your best teams against our weakened side each week,but real sportsmen acknowledge the fact that we're handicapped and just look to sportsmen in other codes like Golf for that personal inspiration.

  • Amazing - 2010-08-24 11:14

    @Kiwi - once again you're spot on with your analogy of SA Rugby and it's administration!! What's profoundly confusing though is your lack of voice regarding these issues.Everyone knows that SA Rugby is being handicapped by pure racism being imposed by our Government - yet why no threats/boycotts from you lot as in the past.Let me tell you why - it suits you field your best teams against our weakened side each week,but real sportsmen acknowledge the fact that we're handicapped and just look to sportsmen in other codes like Golf for that personal inspiration.

  • Amazing - 2010-08-24 11:15

    @Kiwi - once again you're spot on with your analogy of SA Rugby and it's administration!! What's profoundly confusing though is your lack of voice regarding these issues.Everyone knows that SA Rugby is being handicapped by pure racism being imposed by our Government - yet why no threats/boycotts from you lot as in the past.Let me tell you why - it suits you field your best teams against our weakened side each week,but real sportsmen acknowledge the fact that we're handicapped and just look to sportsmen in other codes like Golf for that personal inspiration.

  • Amazing - 2010-08-24 11:16

    @Kiwi - once again you're spot on with your analogy of SA Rugby and it's administration!! What's profoundly confusing though is your lack of voice regarding these issues.Everyone knows that SA Rugby is being handicapped by pure racism being imposed by our Government - yet why no threats/boycotts from you lot as in the past.Let me tell you why - it suits you field your best teams against our weakened side each week,but real sportsmen acknowledge the fact that we're handicapped and just look to sportsmen in other codes like Golf for that personal inspiration.

  • Davo - 2010-08-24 17:05

    @kjj ...Yeah mate Paddy O Brian really had Wayne Barnes in his pocket for our benefit. Now grow some balls and stop bleating like a POM . I'll gladly have a Saffa in charge when you can show me one who's grown up enough to do the job .

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