Regan Hoskins stands down

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 17 Aug 2016 at 11:50
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SARU President Oregan Hoskins this morning tendered his resignation after 10 years at the helm of the national union.

Hoskins was first elected to the Presidency in 2006, when he defeated incumbent Brian van Rooyen and has survived in one of the toughest jobs in SA sport for a surprisingly long time. With 18 months left of his latest tenure, he has opted to rather walk away now, handing the reigns temporarily to deputy Mark Alexander. It’s not clear what prompted the move, but there are understood to be tensions between Hoskins and some others within the upper echelons of the game. And let’s be fair, who could realistically be expected to put up with more than a decade of this nonsense anyway?

SARU will need to convene an election in due course to find a long-term successor to Hoskins. In the meantime, I’d lank to thank him for his service and wish him well for the future. As a skilled diplomat and administrator (and a Natal boy through and through) I wonder if there might not be another role for him…. perhaps returning to one he’s held in the past? Not that Regan is aching for an opportunity to spend any more time sitting in Presidents Council meetings, I’m sure…

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  • So hoskins walks away and Jurie roux gets to stay? Great stuff saru

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.08.16 11:56:18 by Dragnipur Reply
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  • @Dragnipur (Comment 1) : This.

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.08.16 12:01:49 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Interested in how a successor is now appointed? Are there applications and then a vote kind of like how the Bok coach was appointed? I am assuming it its the Union presidents that all vote? In reality this role is more suited to an out and out politician than a real rugby man, although best of both would be cool

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.08.16 12:06:59 by SheldonK Reply

  • I am sure the Natal administration don’t need him.

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.08.16 12:07:00 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • Good luck to who ever will be taking over!!! Way to much of “the tail waging the dog” at SARU and sorry to say but that will not change now that he’s gone!
    Anyway good luck for the future and thanx for your service to rugby Mr Hoskins!

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.08.16 17:08:56 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 5) : I Tank is claiming that Whiner Wakefield is front runner. Personally Lions boss would do

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.08.16 18:06:44 by Kabouter Reply

  • @Kabouter (Comment 6) : problem is who ever will take over will have to answer to the small unions that run SARU and will not nearly be as effective as he was at his Union!!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.08.16 19:14:31 by JD Reply
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  • @Kabouter (Comment 6) : Still another long-drop stacked above the saru president’s long drop….change need to happen at the tippie-top of the soil stack.

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.08.16 19:15:04 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 8) : no president will be better until the whole SARU structure change. Small unions do what’s best for them and does not give a fuck about what’s best for SA rugby and as we all know they rule SARU!!!

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.08.16 20:43:03 by JD Reply
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  • @Dragnipur (Comment 1) :
    Reading elsewhere on SW it’s mind blowing how many readers completely missed this. Are they happy to have a CEO currently being investigated by the Hawks in place? What would the sentiment be if it were a politician or the CEO of their own company?

    It would be funny if it weren’t so sad.

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.08.16 21:48:12 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Way to go! but there’s more rot to clear out. What has SA rugby as a whole achieved internationally in the past 10 years?

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.08.16 06:52:00 by coolfusion Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 10) : Like I said way more rot than just Hoskins. ..

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.08.16 06:52:44 by coolfusion Reply

  • @JD (Comment 9) : Big unions need to use their partnership with small unions to steer decisions.

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.08.16 06:53:33 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 12) :
    You may not rate the guy, but are you really comfortable with his demise given that it was engineered to protect Roux? I sure as hell am not.

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.08.16 07:51:52 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 10) : In this country you arent considered a real poltician unless you have been subjected to a Hawks or SARS investigation

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.08.16 08:20:14 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 14) : Agree with you totally ,Roux is a dodgy character fronting for the real power behind the throne,residing in Stellenbosch.

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.08.16 09:22:39 by The hound Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 15) : That’s a bunch of bull. I could fake a degree and become a real poltician tomorrow. No Hawks or SARS investigation required.

    This message brought to you by a graduate of the University of Redundancy University.

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.08.16 09:29:50 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 17) : U could indeed but until you get investigated you wont be allowed into the inner circle of trust 🙂

  • Comment 18, posted at 18.08.16 09:43:53 by SheldonK Reply

  • Hoskins leaving before being forced out by the biggest fraud of them all, Roux.

    Whoever replaces him will have to be a very smart man, otherwise things could only go backwards.

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.08.16 09:45:22 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • They’ll have to fire Roux, doing that based on pending investigations by his former employer could become costly for saru – as much has been said after saru allegedly consulted with their lawyers regarding their legal rights.

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.08.16 10:08:15 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Let’s address the real issue here – the majority of unions (presumably including ours) would rather have a crook than Hoskins. How sad and messed up is that.

    At least I have the local elections to cheer me up #notalkingpolitics

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.08.16 11:24:04 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 21) : There was an article on EWN where Wakefield and Mackenzie voiced their concerns regarding Hoskins soft stance on the Jurrie debacle, so not all are happy with Jurrie.

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.08.16 11:33:23 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 21) : Has it ever occurred to you that maybe Hoskins is the issue here. My feeling is that Roux is only a little drop in the whole setup. If all the big unions and most smaller ones wants him out it must be saying something surely.

  • Comment 23, posted at 19.08.16 11:10:25 by Uli Boelie Reply
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