SA Rugby president Mark Alexander has dismissed reports that he will be running for the position of vice-chairman at World Rugby, saying that he is focused on the stability and development of South African rugby.
“My priority currently is a stable SA Rugby Union, with vibrant competitions, sustainable financial revenue streams, and a professional women’s competition before even considering any other opportunities,” Alexander said. “And I think it’s rather premature to talk about an election 18 months away with the Rugby World Cup a few months away.”
Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan has expressed interest in the role, claiming the southern hemisphere needs a stronger voice at the top table. Alexander, who was reportedly linked to the position along with former Argentina international Agustin Pichot, denied any interest in the post.
While McLennan is considering a tilt at the role, Alexander is focused on ensuring the success and sustainability of South African rugby. He has been instrumental in implementing measures to promote and develop the sport in the country, including the creation of a professional women’s competition.
Scottish Rugby powerbroker John Jeffrey is set to be confirmed as the new vice-chairman of World Rugby next week, replacing the disgraced Bernard Laporte. Jeffrey will serve out the rest of the current term through to November next year, and is expected to run for the top job when current chairman, England’s Bill Beaumont, steps down.
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