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The race for the election for the election of the SA Rugby Union’s (Saru) office bearers for the next two years starts in earnest on Friday when nominations for the position of president, deputy president and vice-president, as well as for four provincial representatives and two independent directors, will close.


Incumbent president Oregon Hoskins, who has now been at the helm for four years, will definitely be opposed by his deputy Mark Alexander who has made clear his intentions to stand for president.


Former deputy president, Mike Stofile who lost by a single vote to Hoskins in the presidential election two years ago, will again stand for the position.


He has not been involved in rugby at any level except as independent director of the board, a position he will hold until March 2011. Alexander, as the sitting deputy president, is automatically a candidate for this position should he not be elected as president.


It is known that Western Province rugby boss Tobie Titus and the present Saru vice-president Rauties Rautenbach are also interested in this position and will probably be nominated.


Dawie Groenewald of Griquas and James Stoffberg of the Leopards are, according to the rugby grapevine, to be nominated for the position of vice-president, where incumbent Rautenbach is automatically a candidate.


Springbok team manager Arthrob Peterson has also expressed interest in an unspecified position but might not be nominated.


The nominations will announced by Friday night.

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