Peters takes over in NZRL hot­seat

Marlborough Express - - FRONT PAGE -

Greg Peters has been named as the new CEO of New Zealand Rugby League.

The NZRL an­nounced yes­ter­day that the for­mer Hurricanes and San­zaar boss would take charge fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion of Alex Hay­ton in March.

NZRL deputy chair Hugh Mar­tyn was act­ing CEO af­ter Hay­ton but Peters steps into the hot seat with 20 years of ex­pe­ri­ence as a sports ad­min­is­tra­tor in New Zealand and Ar­gentina, as well as his stint as San­zaar CEO from 2010-15.

Peters’ ap­point­ment fol­lows the Cas­tle re­view that was con­ducted af­ter the Ki­wis’ dis­as­trous World Cup cam­paign last year, which ended in a shock 4-2 quar­ter­fi­nal loss to Fiji in Welling­ton af­ter los­ing 32-22 to Tonga in Hamil­ton in the tour­na­ment’s pool stages.

The re­view iden­ti­fied ‘‘a need for knowl­edge, ex­per­tise, un­der­stand­ing, lead­er­ship and ca­pa­bil­ity at the high per­for­mance sport level and at the CEO po­si­tion,’’ the NZRL said in a state­ment.

Michael Maguire, who led South Syd­ney to the NRL pre­mier­ship in 2014, was ap­pointed as the new Ki­wis coach ear­lier this month af­ter the NZRL didn’t of­fer pre­vi­ous coach David Kid­well a new con­tract.

NZRL chair­man Reon Edwards said Peters had the ex­pe­ri­ence to lead rugby league in New Zealand into a new era.

‘‘Greg’s CV speaks for it­self. He is a proven CEO with plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence at provin­cial and in­ter­na­tional level.’’ Peters was re­cruited af­ter the NZRL board brought in as­sis­tance from Global Elite Sports, a com­pany which spe­cialises in iden­ti­fy­ing tal­ent in sport.

His last role was work­ing as a me­dia con­sul­tant for Fore­front Sports group, a sports mar­ket­ing agency based in Dal­las, af­ter be­ing gen­eral man­ager for the Ar­gentina Rugby Union from 2015-16.

Peters was pre­vi­ously CEO of San­zaar (2010-15), the Hurricanes and Welling­ton Rugby (2006-2010) and the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union (1997-98), as well as hav­ing var­i­ous roles with New Zealand Rugby from 1998-2006.

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