Lions confirm Straeuli appointment
- 01 Nov 2013
Rudolf Straeuli has been appointed general manager: professional rugby and commercial at the Golden Lions.
The former Springbok coach's term starts with immediate effect as he will manage recruitment, contracting, rugby operations and medical and technical staffing.
'We are thrilled to have an administrator of Rudolf’s calibre joining the GLRU,' said CEO Manie Booysen. 'Administrators with the same set of skills, accomplishments and qualifications are hard to come by in this industry so we are very happy to welcome Rudolf on board and believe he will contribute a great deal to the union – especially now that the Lions will return to Super Rugby.'
Straeuli, who played for the Lions between 1993 and 1996, is looking forward to returning to Johannesburg.
'I am really excited to join the Golden Lions Rugby Union and I am looking forward to fitting in to the union’s plans and structures,' he said. 'I have a great deal of respect for the Lions and their strong brand and I am glad I can further my career with them. I am also incredibly proud of the union for the challenges that they were able to overcome in 2013.'
Commenting on his departure from the Sharks, where he was commercial manager, Straeuli said one of his goals is to establish a strong relationship between the Durban-based union and the GLRU.
'I feel that synergy in the rugby industry is important and I believe that two rugby unions working in tandem can only benefit and grow the game as a whole. I see my new position as a unique opportunity for the Sharks and the Lions to work closely together in future,' he said.
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