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Roux set for SARU role

Jurie Roux is set to be appointed as the new CEO of the South African Rugby Union (SARU) after his nomination was endorsed by the organisation's general council.

The 39-year-old, who is the senior director of finances and asset management at Stellenbosch University, beat off competition from four others for the job.

Bulls chief executive Barend van Graan, Andy Marinos, SARU's manager of national teams, former Falcons CEO Andre Watson and Harold Verster, the president of the Free State Rugby Union, were also in the running.

Roux has vast administration experience within the game.

He also serves as the vice-president of the Western Province Rugby Union and is a director on the board for the Cape union, while he is chairman of the Stellenbosch University Rugby Football Club and chair of the fast growing Varsity Cup.

The decision to appoint him was taken at a SARU meeting in Cape Town on Friday morning.

Speaking afterward, president Oregan Hoskins, said: "An exhaustive process of assessments and interviews was undertaken to identify a high-calibre short list of five from an original list of 84 applicants.

"To preserve the integrity of the process the name of the preferred candidate was known only to the independent interview panel until today's General Council.

"All of the candidates were subject to a rigorous set of interviews and assessments to identify the best individual.

"We cast the net wide to ensure we found a CEO with the necessary skills to not only lead a sporting organisation but also a large scale and successful business."

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