Super Rugby and Rugby Championship organizers SANZAR have announced that former
Wales international Andy Marinos has been appointed as their new Chief Executive
SANZAR is the joint venture between the rugby unions of Argentina, Australia,
New Zealand and South Africa and Marinos will formally commence on 1 January
Zimbabwean born South African Marinos is no stranger to the position having
previously served as CEO between 2008-10, brings a wealth of business and rugby
experience to the role, both as an administrator and professional player.
Marinos re-joins SANZAR from the South African Rugby Union (SARU) where he
has served as General Manager of Commercial and Marketing for the past five
years, in addition to SARU Acting Managing Director and Board Member (2008-10),
Springbok Team Manager (2008), Manager of South African National Teams (2005-2010)
and World Rugby Sevens Advisory Group (2008-2015).
As a player, Marinos represented the Natal Sharks and Sevens (1991-95), Western
Province, Stormers and Sevens (1997-99) and Newport RFC and Newport Dragons
(1999-2004) where he would later serve as CEO throughout 2004-05, as well as
sitting on the Board of the Welsh Rugby Union during the same period.
He earned eight Test caps for Wales as well as playing rugby league where he
would represent the Sydney (now Canterbury-Bankstown) Bulldogs and the South
A dedicated family man with a passion for surfing, Marinos currently resides
in Stellenbosch and is married with six children.
In accepting his new position, Marinos said: “I’m incredibly proud to
have been given the responsibility of leading the ongoing growth and prosperity
of Southern Hemisphere rugby.
“We are about to embark upon an exciting new expansion that will see us
deliver the game to more countries, fans and commercial markets than ever before.
The impressive performance of our four national teams at the recent Rugby World
Cup was pleasing but the challenge for us is to not only ensure they remain
at the top, but that we keep working to raise the bar even further both in terms
of high performance and commercial success.
“I thank the Board for its confidence in me and look forward to commencing
with this talented and dedicated team in the new year.”
“I’d like to congratulate Andy on behalf of the South African rugby
community,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SARU.
“This is an extremely important position in southern hemisphere rugby
and Andy takes to it a wealth of experience – not only as an administrator,
but as a former player in the competition.
“He has been SARU’s ‘point man’ on SANZAR business
for a number of years and has worked closely with our partners in Australia,
New Zealand and Argentina on the development of the competition over the years.
“He will be sorely missed at SARU but the consolation is that he takes
with him a keen understanding of rugby in South Africa which I’d like
to think will have benefits for all the partners.”