Will Genia (78)
Was stoked to hear Mark Robinson talking on Breakdown, saying ABs next year got Fiji and Poms in June, but also trying to get a teat played in Fiji after those tests, great for promoting game there. Won't be a moneymaker for NZR, it's to get game promoted more in Fiji, ,, but if they get FRU probs sorted it, it sounds like it a goer. Bloody good stuff!!
Was also interested that he was saying that 17,5% ($40 mill) of NZR's earnings go to provincial unions, wondered the amount.
Very good news this WOB, I think NZR have certainly got it pretty right and seem to be keeping a good percentage of players they want. I do remember Robinson saying they can't keep everyone so target who they want to keep most.AL-B has re-signed through to 2026.
I thought he had already announced it.Brad Weber has confirmed he's leaving but still won't say he's going to Stade Francais as reported by L'Equipe back in January.
"I feel like I’ll sit in the pub one day and look back on my career and say, ‘That was pretty cool that I did that’."www.stuff.co.nz
I don't think his imminent departure should or will affect his AB selection, to me he's clearly no. 2 behind ASmith.
Thomas, who had been NZR’s chief commercial officer since 2019, was promoted to the new role of chief executive of NZR Commercial in August last year. His promotion came after he played significant roles in securing Ineos, Altrad and SAP as new sponsors and launched a new initiative called All Blacks Performance Labs, which is aiming to sell leadership programmes to executives at some of the world’s leading corporations. The Herald understands the search for a new CEO began in February.
It is understood he told staff on Monday that he is leaving the organisation. It is not known whether he has another role lined up elsewhere, but he has told the Herald: “I am stepping down as CEO of NZ Rugby Commercial at the end of June. “The NZRC board will continue the process to appoint a permanent CEO over the coming months.”
Once known as CommCo, NZR Commercial is the entity that was formed as part of the deal to sell a private equity stake to Silver Lake and houses all the national body’s commercial assets such as broadcast income, sponsorships and gate revenue. Given this new set-up, most observers believe the chief executive of NZR Commercial is now the most important and influential position in New Zealand rugby. In setting up the company, which has total responsibility for driving all commercial revenue in professional rugby, NZR initially said it would initiate a global hunt for a chief executive and an independent chair of the nine-person board of directors. But while it did conduct a global search to hire former Commonwealth Bank CEO Ian Narev as chair, the decision was made to promote Thomas to interim chief executive of NZR Commercial to provide the new business with continuity and make use of his knowledge around the sponsorship market and the potential of what new business initiatives were viable.
That decision to promote Thomas was rewarded last month when NZR announced that revenue jumped to a record $270m. While NZR initially announced that Thomas was fulfilling the role on an interim basis, his own LinkedIn profile makes no mention of being the acting CEO. Also, NZR’s press release on April 1 this year, referred to Thomas as CEO of NZR Commercial – again making no suggestion he was either interim or acting. But it appears from Thomas’ statement to the Herald, that the NZR Commercial board have decided not to make his position permanent and that the promised global search for a replacement is underway.
Women’s World Cup-winning coach Wayne Smith has been appointed as Performance Coach to the Black Ferns and All Blacks in a new role.
New Zealand Rugby announced on Friday morning that Smith’s job will include “mentoring and supporting the respective head coaches and enhancing the quality of coaching delivery across the two teams.”
Smith has already started working with Black Ferns director of rugby Allan Bunting but will not commence his role with the All Blacks until after the World Cup in France, when Scott Robertson replaces Ian Foster.
Smith said he in a statement that he was grateful to be able to continue his long association with the legacy of the black jersey and NZ Rugby.
Smith said he would continue to challenge norms and encourage coaches and players to think outside the box.
“It’s important to consider different perspectives and solutions as coaches. As we head into a new era for the game, I am a great believer in the importance of diversity, of relationships and of people.
“As a coach I’ve been very fortunate to have been exposed to that through my career”.