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Peters to take SANZAR role

Senior New Zealand rugby administrator Greg Peters has been appointed chief executive officer of SANZAR, the southern hemisphere governing body has confirmed.

Peters, the CEO of the Hurricanes and Wellington Rugby Football Union since 2006, is the first permanent appointment in the position.

The role has previously been filled on a rotational basis by the three SANZAR partners, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.

Peters will relinquish his current post on November 1 and then work out of Sydney.

SANZAR govern the Tri-Nations and Super rugby competitions and are set for some major changes over the next 24 months when a 15th team, the Melbourne Rebels, is added to the club competition from next season.

A year later, the Tri-Nations will be expanded to a Four Nations with the inclusion of Argentina.

Peters said: "I have really enjoyed my time with Wellington and the Hurricanes and it is always hard to leave a job that has been so rewarding and while there are still goals to achieve. However, it's rare to have an opportunity such as this one to lead a major rugby organisation through a significant growth phase.

"I am sure there will be challenges but that's what makes sport so compelling, and the strength of the SANZAR alliance and the major competitions speak for themselves.

"The Tri-Nations features the three top-ranked teams in world rugby and we are about to welcome Argentina, who finished third in Rugby World Cup 2007.

"In Super Rugby, we have the world's most demanding cross-border provincial rugby competition and that intensity is set to increase with the new conference model, so there is no more exciting time to get involved."

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