(L-R): Allen Kruger (Head of Commercial Southern Kings), Charl Crous (COO of Southern Kings), Harold Verster (CEO of Toyota Cheetahs), Mark Alexander (President of SA Rugby), Martin Anayi (CEO of PRO14 Rugby), Jurie Roux (CEO SA Rugby), Ryno Opperman (Chairman of Totoya Cheetahs Board), Dermot Rigley (PRO14 Rugby Commercial & Marketing Director). INPHO PHOTOGRAPHY
PRO14 Rugby’s relationship with South African Rugby has been further strengthened with the inclusion of SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux and Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus on the Board.
The Guinness PRO14’s expansion this season to include the Toyota Cheetahs and the Southern Kings to become the only club championship in world rugby to unite the Northern and Southern Hemispheres has been re-inforced by the appointments.
PRO14 Rugby Chief Executive Martin Anayi, Commercial & Marketing Director Dermot Rigley and Tournament Director David Jordan joined Roux and Springboks coach Erasmus at the match between the Toyota Cheetahs and Munster in Bloemfontein on Friday evening, following a series of productive meetings with local stakeholders.
“To have the CEO and the Director of Rugby of another Tier 1 nation join the Board is another important step forward for the PRO14 Rugby and for the relationship with South African rugby,” said Anayi.
“We have made great strides this season in expanding into a new territory in keeping with the DNA of the championship as a pioneering cross-border competition and these appointments only serve to re-inforce that progress.”
Roux said: “Our expansion into the Guinness PRO14 in 2017 heralded a new era for South African rugby and was one of the most exciting new ventures in a long time in our game.
“I am looking forward to working even closer together with our friends from Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Italy as rugby moves closer to a global calendar and the game becomes even more accessible to new and untapped markets.”
Erasmus, who coached Munster Rugby, said: “I had the privilege of coaching in the Guinness PRO14, and it found it to be very competitive and hugely popular. To serve on the Board will be a great honour and I am looking forward to working with the other directors.
“The competition has opened a new door to South African players and coaches, with our two franchise teams playing against some of the best players in Europe on a weekly basis and in very different weather conditions. We can only benefit from our involvement in this competition.”