Waratahs chairman Roger Davis heads for the exit

Longtime NSW Rugby Union President Roger Davis will step down at the end of the month, choosing not to be re-elected at the next AGM.

Davis, who joined the board 12 years ago and has served as its chairman since 2012, has recently been the subject of much criticism. While he oversaw the Waratahs Super Rugby title in 2014, he has also been at the helm as the team has slipped up the standings in recent years, culminating in a winless Super Rugby AU campaign this season. .

The decision to sack coach Rob Penney at the end of March also aroused strong anger among fans, and it was widely speculated at the time that Davis would step down at this month’s AGM.

The NSWRU Board of Directors has chosen Tony Crawford to take the chair, and he will be formally elected at the May 31 meeting.

“It is an honor to be elected president at a time when we are going through so many changes at the Waratahs and I see the improvement in the roster of rugby in New South Wales, from the local level to the professional level, as ‘one of our biggest priorities’. Crawford said.

Crawford has been Director of NSWRU since 2018 and previously had a seven-year term as Director at Northern Suburbs.

Outgoing President Davis said now is the right time for a new president.

“A new CEO [Paul Doorn] is in place, the search for a new head coach is underway, we have a young and talented team showing all the signs of a bright future ahead of them and our center of excellence is about to begin construction Davis said.

“As president, I was able to oversee all of this and other milestones at NSW Rugby, including the Waratahs who made two semi-finals and won the Super Rugby Championship in 2014, negotiated the merger advice from NSW and Waratah and secure the financial future of the organization.

“While rugby has faced some serious headwinds over the past few years, I think at the club and state level, NSW is at the start of a new and sustained period of success.

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