Rugby: Waratahs put another Kiwi in charge

Daryl Gibson will have a Kiwi running mate at the Waratahs. Photo / Getty
Daryl Gibson will have a Kiwi running mate at the Waratahs. Photo / Getty

The Waratahs now have a Kiwi double act at their helm.

Andrew Hore, a New Zealander who has spent the past four years at Welsh club Ospreys, has been unveiled as the Super Rugby's new chief executive, joining former All Black Darryl Gibson who coaches the Sydney-based franchise.

Hore, not to be confused with the former All Blacks hooker of the same name, will replace CEO Greg Harris next month, the Sydney Morning Herald has reported.

He will also take charge of the NSW Rugby Union.

Hore has an extensive background of rugby administration and experience in elite performance.

He began his career at Canterbury in 1997, helping set up one of New Zealand's initial rugby academy systems. He then became conditioning coach for the Crusaders from 1999-2002 when they won three Super 12 titles before shifting to Wales to oversee conditioning and player development for the Welsh Rugby Union.

The Herald reported that the Waratahs felt Hore was beind the systems that would eventually result in the Welsh completing the grand slam in 2005, their first in 27 years.

Hore returned to New Zealand to become the high-performance manager for the New Zealand Rugby Union before moving back to Britain where he took up his post at Ospreys.

Waratahs chairman Roger Davis told the Herald that Hore's appointment was the culmination of a worldwide search for a candidate that could manage the showpiece Waratahs program and the NSWRU.

"As a seasoned administrator, with experience in international rugby circles, Andrew brings to the joint CEO role a unique set of competency skills that distinguished him from the other quality candidates in the global search," Davis said.

"The board wanted to ensure we appointed a new CEO who has the ability not only to build a sustainable business model for rugby in the state but to also bridge the gap between community and professional rugby through appropriate pathways programs."

Hore's first job will be to try and retain Kurtley Beale, who has been the subject of a massive offer to join English club Wasps.

- NZ Herald

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