Johannesburg - Former Springbok coach Rudolf Straeuli is set to take over from Manie Booysen as the new CEO of the Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU), the Lions' official website
This was confirmed by the union's president, Kevin de Klerk, on Thursday.
Straeuli, who is the current general manager of professional rugby at the Lions, will take over from Booysen on June 1, when the latter's contract ends.
Booysen, who joined the GLRU on contract in January 2013, had the responsibility of re-structuring the business, including the Ellis Park Pty Ltd organisation. He did this alongside all stakeholders at the union.
His mandate also included, together with the board, EXCO and staff of the GLRU, to work towards the Lions regaining their position as participants in the Super Rugby competition.
His services will still be called upon as and when required over the upcoming months.
Booysen thanked the president and GLRU board for the opportunity afforded him; to be a part of a team involved in a turnaround process within the Lions business.
“The highlights of my relatively short period in office include the GLRU’s successful hosting of the Springboks versus All Blacks Test in October 2013 and the performances of all GLRU teams during the 2013 season,” said Booysen.
De Klerk expressed his gratitude towards Booysen for his commitment throughout his tenure in office.
“Lions Rugby has a clear and sincere appreciation for Booysen’s contributions to the union over his time in office,” he shared.
“His integrity and passion for the Lions has been of the highest calibre and the union can only express their profound appreciation for his commitment to the Lions and the game of rugby as a whole.”
De Klerk, together with the GLRU board and staff, wished Booysen every success with his future endeavours and welcomed Straeuli into his new role.