Zimbabwe-born Andy Marinos will take over as Rugby Australia’s new chief executive after being officially announced as Raelene Castle’s long-term successor on Wednesday night.
Marinos will take over from interim CEO Rob Clarke in February after serving his notice period with southern hemisphere rugby governing body SANZAAR, where he was chief executive.
Sydney-based Marinos has a solid background in Europe through his time working in Wales as General Manager of the Newport Gwent Dragons and as a member of the Welsh Rugby Union Board of Directors.
A former professional rugby and league player, Marinos played for the Natal Sharks, Western Province and Stormers before moving to Newport and playing 97 times for the Dragons where he went on to win Test honors for the Wales.
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Marinos said it was “incredibly humble” to be given the prominent position in Australian rugby.
“While there is a lot of hard work to be done, I think Rugby Australia is uniquely positioned to be successful both nationally and globally,” he said.
“We need to hit the pitch and build momentum from the start so that we can keep moving forward with deliberate intention as we look to get the game going from the bottom up.”
The 48-year-old has also held positions for the South African Rugby Union where he worked as General Manager of Trade and Marketing, as well as Springboks Team Director, South African National Teams Director and General Manager. interim SARU and member of the board of directors.
RA Chairman Hamish McLennan said Marinos was the premier contender with a strong global network, significant high performance, commercial and worldwide broadcast experience, and proven connections within the Australian game. .
“Andy is an extremely impressive and experienced rugby administrator who covered all of the key criteria the board wanted to see in our new GM,” said McLennan.
“He has made Australia his home for the past five years and he has an exceptional understanding of the rugby landscape in this country.
“He has a wealth of experience managing broadcasters and business partners and also enjoys impeccable relationships with the Six Nations unions which, with his relationship with SANZAAR, strengthen Rugby Australia’s bid to host the 2027 Rugby World Cup. .
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“With his recent roles in Wales, with South African rugby and with SANZAAR, Andy is ideally placed to start in 2021 with a new broadcast landscape and new competition structures.
“This is an exciting time for rugby with a new broadcast partnership with Nine Entertainment Co., as well as the opportunity we have at the community level of the game.
“Andy has an exciting vision for rugby in Australia and he knows what needs to be done to continue the success of the code until 2021 and beyond.”