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Rugby SA thanks Justin Courtney

Mon, 29/11/2021, 03:03 am
Rugby Union SA
by Rugby Union SA

Rugby SA thanks Justin Courtney, as he steps down as Chair of the Board

Courtney, an ex-player for Brighton and current junior coach at Adelaide University, has served as Chairman of Rugby Union SA since September 2018, after been voted in as a Board Elected Director in October 2017.

“Having navigated the solvency issues of Rugby Australia as well as the COVID lock-downs and with the recent announcement of the World Cup coming, I think the time is right to move on and have some fresh input,” said Courtney when announcing he was not standing for re-election at the end of his current term.

“I want to extend my sincere thanks to the entire Board, to the staff at the Union, to Mike von Berg for his wise counsel and to all in our wonderful rugby community”.

During his tenure with the Board, Courtney has pushed and supported programs in the mental health space as well as providing positive game-day experiences, particularly for juniors and families.

“There is much to celebrate in the variety of our weekly competition. For example, how lucky are we as a competition to be able to all enjoy a day out at the Barossa, watching or playing a game and taking in a winery or two on the way home? This is a uniquely South Australian experience that we can all enjoy.”

Rugby SA President, Michael von Berg MC OAM said: “Justin has proven himself to be a very considered and capable chair leading the Board and the game through one of the most difficult periods in South Australia, with Covid restrictions and disruption, and the corporate financial concerns surrounding the game based on the plight of Rugby Australia.

Justin had done an outstanding job and stands down on his terms and has positioned the game in a better place, than when he started.

We would all wish Justin and his family all the very best for the future and his ongoing commitment to the game at the University Club level”

Brett Smith now steps into the role of Chair for Rugby Union SA.