Roux elected new SARU CEO

2010-07-30 13:48

Cape Town - Jurie Roux, the senior director of finances and asset management at Stellenbosch University, was named the new chief executive of the South African Rugby Union (SARU) at a meeting of the organisation's General Council on Friday. Roux's appointment is expected to be confirmed shortly following the conclusion of contract negotiations.

The General Council accepted the recommendation of an independent interview panel.

Roux, 39, has considerable experience of rugby administration and is currently vice-president of the Western Province Rugby Union, a director of the board of Western Province Rugby (Pty) Ltd, chairperson of the Stellenbosch University Rugby Football Club and chairperson of the Varsity Cup (Pty) Ltd. He is a former Maties fullback.

"An exhaustive process of assessments and interviews was undertaken to identify a high-calibre short list of five from an original list of 84 applicants," said SARU president Oregan Hoskins.

"To preserve the integrity of the process the name of the preferred candidate was known only to the independent interview panel until today's General Council.

"All of the candidates were subject to a rigorous set of interviews and assessments to identify the best individual. We cast the net wide to ensure we found a CEO with the necessary skills to not only lead a sporting organisation but also a large scale and successful business.

"Jurie has a wealth of experience in rugby as well as proven business acumen and we're looking forward to his taking operational leadership of the organisation and completing the process of restructuring following the dissolving of SA Rugby (Pty) Ltd into Saru.

"We expect to tie-up the contractual details shortly after which the appointment will be confirmed," said Hoskins.

Roux said, "I regard this role as the pinnacle for any professional involved in South African sport. It has major challenges but also many stimulating opportunities."

Roux is expected to take up the position on September 1.


  • mike - 2010-07-30 14:00

    Stofile will love this one. Congrats to mr roux anyway!

  • Transformation - 2010-07-30 14:04

    But.....he is not black?!

  • Wallie - 2010-07-30 14:42

    Fortunately SA Rugby was saved from Barend van Graan!

  • BeeBop - 2010-07-30 14:44

    Scuse my ignorance but who is he taking over from? Please tell me it's Johan Prinsloo!

  • Johan du Bruyn - 2010-07-30 14:45

    I thought that to play for your country is the "pinnacle" for any professional involved in a country's sport but then again we all know what thought did

  • norris - 2010-07-30 15:01

    lily-white - unbefrikkinlievable!

  • Jakes - 2010-07-30 16:00

    How many over-paid, Presidents, Directors, CEO's,Managers and whatever do we need in SA Rugby? Because rugby is the only "successful" (have money) sport in SA, everybody zooms in on it, what about some of these excellent experienced sport administrators help with athletics, swimming, tennis, soccer, netball and all the sports we use to excell in?

  • Crumb - 2010-07-30 16:13

    Wonderful CV for a 39 year old chap! And done through hard work and no favouratism in a disadvantaged playing arena. Well done. Hope you can grow positive results within SARU. Retain your autonomy bro!

  • THE ALMIGHTY MAN - 2010-07-30 16:20

    saru missed a great oppurtunity to prove transformation but they promoted another racist bonehead

  • @the almight man - 2010-07-30 17:16

    The only reason you are calling him racist, is because he is white. No other reason. Which means, you, ironically, are the definition of racist. I have no idea why you can't keep colour out of it. The best man for the job was employed. End of story. This country will never heal unless people like you start moving on. If you keep on looking backwards, that's the direction you will walk in.

  • Colleague - 2010-07-30 17:18

    What does this guy actually do at the US?-work?

  • big dee - 2010-07-30 17:41

    just what we need in this circus!.... a strong willed, well experienced candidate with plenty basic and provincial rugby administration experience, someone who has walked the yards, young and sharp business acumin with experience in financial management as well. Well Done boytjie - Show Them!!!

  • Realist - 2010-07-30 18:47

    Would be even better if he proves himself to be competent and not a transformationist and enforce team selections on MERIT alone.

  • StBad - 2010-07-30 22:03

    Would be nice to see the transformation calls coming from a whitey for a change! Look forward to the future.

  • @the almighty man - 2010-07-31 10:04

    As your title depicts in this blog-Absolute chip on your shoulder!! Get over it you pratt!!I'd love to meet you somewhere to give you a snotklap!! Maybe then you'd refrain from being totally absorbed with racism.Actually do us all a favour immigrate north because maybe there's a country that might accept you!!

  • Andy Rossell - 2010-07-31 10:12

    Johan Prinsloo is the current CEO!

  • StBad - 2010-07-31 10:41

    Everyone on the blog; ignore THE ALMIGHTY MAN, he's taking the p***s, there's no way that 20-something years down the line we still have people with this stone age, archaic mentality floating around our country... I simply refuse to believe it. Your causing a good ol' stir T A M.

  • Michael - 2010-07-31 12:04

    Can someone please tell me how the organigram works. Where is Hoskins and Alexander in this loop.

  • Black Bulls fan - 2010-07-31 12:22

    Where is rugby heading? I can categorically say that it is now high time that the government intervened in all white rugby circles. How can we show the world our demographics if we continue to pick white people who promote majority white teams. This is accredited to insecure minorities who are scared of Afrikanism. Because sport is for younf people I think the ANCYL should have some say in the way forward to rugby transformation.

  • Dac - 2010-07-31 13:39

    Where do you want to transform to,.sshole?

  • Harry - 2010-07-31 17:08

    To black bulls fan why must everything be racism,is there any white people in soccers higher arcy where is the white players in the soccer team.The only time Bafana ment something they had a white coach and 4 white players in the team and i believe the captain was also white.So what i"m saying is, stop saying every white man is a racist and look at your self as being the biggest racists of all.

  • Norhern Provinces - 2010-08-01 17:50

    Another one from the Cape??? What the flippen hell??? Always the cape, this is rubbish

  • @the almight man - 2010-08-02 16:07

    I wish one day we can have a country were racism is dead, transformation is nothing else and been going for 16 years, so 2 generations have came trough reverse apartheid. I noticed the SARU academy refs, and no white people are allowed in the group and some of them are pathetic and gets promoted only on skin color and rugby suffers, the players and spectators suffers. Choose on merit and the time of being a racist should be over now, ANC had enough revenge, ironically those suffering were those opposed to the law and those to young to understand whats going on. Keep this out of sport, IRB have laws against racism and would love to get rid of us, so continue with your idiotic remarks and shout it out, and when the laws that caused the "white" SA from playing tests, don`t cry. The best man got the job not the "transformation bs" politician. He will do what is required. No matter what province or race he is.

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