Ri­ach on the move to Ash­bur­ton

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Cru­saders boss Hamish Ri­ach (right) will leave his role at the end of this year’s Su­per Rugby sea­son to be­come chief ex­ec­u­tive for the Ash­bur­ton Dis­trict Coun­cil.

‘‘I am in­cred­i­bly for­tu­nate to have been in this role at the Cru­saders for the last 17 years,’’ he said. ‘‘How­ever I am con­vinced that the time is right for me to step aside and al­low some­body new to come in and guide this or­gan­i­sa­tion for­ward in the com­ing years.’’ Cru­saders chair­man Grant Jar­rold paid trib­ute to Ri­ach’s con­tri­bu­tion since step­ping into the chief ex­ec­u­tive role in 2001. ‘‘For 17 years Hamish has been a steady hand at the helm of the Cru­saders, with 16 of those years also as the CEO of the Can­ter­bury Rugby Foot­ball Union, guid­ing us as one team through many changes and some tur­bu­lent pe­ri­ods with his typ­i­cal calm de­meanour and as­tute lead­er­ship.

Ash­bur­ton Mayor Donna Favel said Ri­ach was a stand­out can­di­date for the job.

‘‘Mr Ri­ach im­pressed us with his in­no­va­tive think­ing and fo­cus on col­lab­o­ra­tion.’’

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