Cape Town - Springbok and Stormers lock Eben Etzebeth was
recently elected as South African Rugby Players Association (SARPA) president
at its annual general meeting.
SARPA is the industrial arm responsible for managing
employment matters at MyPlayers - the rugby players’ organisation in South
Etzebeth takes over from fellow Springbok Bismarck du
Plessis, who now plies his trade for French rugby club Montpellier.
“It’s a massive honour for me to be entrusted with the
responsibility of representing professional players in South Africa in this
manner,” said Etzebeth.
“Bismarck has done a sterling job representing all
professional players over the past five years and I aim to continue the legacy
he has left behind.
“Under his leadership, our organisation has made huge
strides, which have contributed to the organisation’s efforts in creating a
better environment for professional rugby players in South Africa.”
In his new position, Etzebeth will actively participate in
key issues relating to employment matters affecting players.
“I see this position as a consultative one. There is plenty
of experience within the system, such as Louis von Zeuner, Blake Kyd, Steph
Roberts and Juan de Jongh, who I’ll be learning from as I go along. This also
serves as an opportunity for me to grow as an individual and gather new
skills,” he concluded.
As part of his duties as president, Etzebeth will be
responsible for enforcing SARPA’s constitution and to exercise supervision over
all the trade union’s affairs.
In other leadership developments within the players’
organisation, Southern Kings scrumhalf Kevin Luiters also joins the leadership
group as an executive committee member, while Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira replaces
Bismarck du Plessis on the MyPlayers board.
On the Players Trust, Jannie du Plessis, Jean de Villiers,
Steven Hunt and Pierre Spies are replaced by Frans Malherbe, Teboho “Oupa”
Mohoje, Werner Kok and Warren Whiteley as trustees.
SARPA Executive Committee: Eben Etzebeth (president), Clemen
Lewis (vice-president), Blake Kyd, Juan de Jongh, Teboho Mohoje, Kevin Luiters,
Zenay Jordaan, Steph Roberts and Warren Whiteley.
MyPlayers Board Members: Louis von Zeuner (chairperson),
Kyle Brown, Pat Lambie, Eugene Henning, Tendai Mtawarira and Piet Heymans.
Trustees of the Player Trusts: Kyle Brown, Adriaan Strauss,
Frans Malherbe, Tendai Mtawarira, Werner Kok, Teboho Mohoje and Warren
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