Sanzar, the umbrella body for the Argentinian, Australian, New Zealand and South African rugby unions, has appointed Andy Marinos as its new chief executive.
Marinos (pictured) will start in the role on January 1, having previously served as Sanzar chief executive from 2008 to 2010. The South African official, who won eight Test caps for Wales, 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.
Marinos will replace Greg Peters, who resigned as chief executive of Sanzar in May to take up a new position as general manager of the Argentinian Rugby Union (UAR). One of the key remits of Peters’ position with the UAR will be to oversee the introduction of an Argentinian franchise into the Super Rugby club competition next year. The New Zealander was the first independent chief executive of Sanzar after the role had been shared on a rotating basis amongst officials of the South African, Australian and New Zealand unions.
Commenting on his appointment, 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 (Super Rugby) 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.”
New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Argentina all made the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup, shutting out northern hemisphere teams for the first time.