Namibia Rugby Union concluded a weeklong workshop earlier this week which was used to finalise the unions plans for the next RWC cycle (2016 to 2019). The union has to present a performance case to World Rugby on 15 January 2016 in London, which is part of the new strategy by World Rugby to support Tier 2 countries. The performance case include an analyses of the past RWC cycle (2012 to 2015) and planning for the next cycle.
Mark Egan, head of performance and competitions of World Rugby, visited the union the past two days where he did a union review. “I am glad to say that the NRU is in a very good position this time around after the RWC. They have performed well at the RWC, is in a sound financial position and have very good plans for the next cycle. I had meetings with the deputy minister of sport as well as some of the sponsors and the feeling I have after these meetings is that there is a very good trust relationship between the union and these stakeholders. The inclusion of Namibia to participate in the Currie Cup is an exciting announcement which will give Namibia the opportunity to participate in an established competition with a Tier 1 country. This is the missing link with many Tier 2 countries. The Currie Cup and test calendar will ensure that players are tested at this level for 25-30 matches a year for the next cycle, which is very good for the development of the players. The union governance is in place under the presidency of Bradley Basson.” said Mark Egan
Part of the NRU’s plans is to establish a National Academy during 2016 which will be used to prepare players for the professional game. The academy for 2016 and 2017 will not be limited to certain age groups, but will include all players identified to be part of the unions high performance structures going forward. The high performance centre establish earlier this year will be used to house the academy. Proposed high performance structures for the next 4 years to drive the unions HP plans are aimed at retaining the expertise of Phil Davies and Wayne Proctor while John Williams will remain the GM: Rugby.
The CEO Sybrand de Beer is also set to tackle a new challenge in 2016 and play a new role for Namibia Rugby. After four successful years in charge of the union’s administration, de Beer has announced that he will vacate his position on 18 December 2015. The 40 year old will then take on a new role as independent commercial agent for the Namibia Rugby Union to ensure that commercial targets are reached to fund the union’s activities.
De Beer was appointed in 2012 with a specific mandate that included three main goals, to ensure Namibia qualify for RWC 2015, establish a High Performance Centre and get Namibia into the top 20 of World rugby’s rankings.
The outgoing CEO said that he was satisfied that he had fulfilled his mandate.
“I set myself a goal in 2012 to reach the above three goals as part of the turn-around strategy of the NRU. I also stated during the current RWC cycle we should create stability but that the next cycle would be more important in terms of on the field performances and competitiveness on the international arena. “
De Beer said Namibia Rugby faces a huge challenge in the next four years where a great deal of human and financial resources would be required to take a step to the next level which will be focussed on moving our game towards a semi-professional level.
“The only way to achieve this is to drive a fully dedicated commercial program to enable the NRU to reach it’s objectives. As CEO of the NRU, I have enjoyed the challenges we have faced and now I see myself in the role assisting the union as an independent commercial agent, in the next phase”
President of the Namibian Rugby Union, Mr. Bradley Basson paid tribute to de Beer’s contribution to Namibian rugby in the last four years .
“Sybrand made a massive contribution to the Union and in particular to ensure that Namibia would send a very well prepared team to the Rugby World Cup. He has established good relationships with our major stakeholders. It is essential to build on this, hence the need to appoint him as a commercial agent to help Namibia to take a step up to a semi-professional level. I am confident that his experience and future involvement will help us greatly to attract sponsorships which will ultimately allow us to continue with our legacy program and set Namibia Rugby up to qualify for and perform better at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.”
Mr. Basson thanked de Beer for his services .
“On behalf of the Board and myself we express our gratitude for what Sybrand has done for Namibia Rugby and we wish him all the best in his new role and we look forward to reap the rewards of this new relationship.” said Basson.
The NRU will advertise the position of CEO shortly.
Issued by NRU Media Services.