Rugby Australia rocked by CEO’s sudden resignation

Rugby Australia CEO Andy Marinos has announced his resignation.

The chief executive who joined in early 2021 will step down from his post in June to “pursue new opportunities”, according to the governing body.

The news comes less than a week after Rugby Australia reported an $8.2 million surplus.

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Marinos was praised by chair Hamish McLennan for his work to get the governing body to a place of financial stability in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The revelation comes just a few months out from the Rugby World Cup in France where the Wallabies will go in fresh-faced with a new coach in Eddie Jones.

In a statement released by Rugby Australia, the outgoing boss said he leaves the sport in a strong position.

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“I cannot overstate the commitment and incredible work ethic of the people around me at RA, and the roles they have played in helping drive some critical structural changes for rugby in this country,” said Marinos.

“The foundations have been established and the business is now well-prepared to test the market for private equity investment, making it the right time for me to move on.

“Importantly, I will leave with the knowledge that RA is in a stronger position than when I joined, and proud of what has been achieved in my tenure as CEO.

“I want to thank the Board for the opportunity to lead this organisation, the member unions and the Super Rugby clubs for their support.

“To all our teams in gold, state, territory and club colours, the players, the coaches and support staff, it has been a privilege to work alongside you.

“I will watch with interest, the next golden decade of Australian rugby, and wish you all success, both on and off the pitch.”

Having heaped praise on Marinos at the AGM, chair McLennan again spoke glowingly about his tenure.

“We asked Andy to draw upon his impressive career experience and extensive global relationships to re-establish rugby as a leading code in Australia – he has delivered on this and been fundamental in the turnaround of the business,” said McLennan.

“Andy will leave RA having delivered several key projects, including the finalisation of the 2027 and 2029 Rugby World Cups, locking in the 2025 British and Irish Lions Tour, planning for a new contracting model for the professional game, implementation of strategy to professionalise Women’s XVs Rugby, and a new four-year Collective Bargaining Agreement for our professional men’s and women’s players.

“On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Andy for his contribution to RA. We wish him well with his future endeavours.”

Rugby Australia says it has begun a recruitment process.

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