Rugby: Faulks to stand down from ORFU board; Rooney undecided

Two vacancies will be available on the board of the Otago Rugby Football Union in the new year.

The six-member board was formed in May after the previous board was forced to resign after the union's financial meltdown.

The new board consisted of chairman Doug Harvie, Keith Cooper, Simon Spark, Kelvin Collins, Andrew Rooney and John Faulks.

Rooney and Faulks were members of the old board, having been appointed in 2010. They were given one-year terms, which will expire early in the new year. Rooney said yesterday he would think about over Christmas whether he would seek a board position again.

Faulks said yesterday he was not looking to stay on the board. He had four children and ran three businesses and simply did not have the time to dedicate to the role.

Otago Rugby Football Union general manager Richard Kinley said the union wished to advertise early to get people thinking about applying for the positions.

The new positions would be for a term of three years, with an emphasis on having a strong business acumen and financial management skills.

The new appointments should also possess proven experience as either a director or senior executive, and have a passion for Otago rugby.

Under the new constitution introduced this year, when the union was saved from going into liquidation, a panel will be set up to oversee the board appointments.

Earlier this year, a panel of Bob Field (chairman), John Dowling, Ross Dykes and Chris Staynes had been set up to appoint the new board.

Kinley said he was in the midst of setting up the new panel and some of those four men may sit on the panel again.

Field is the former chief executive of Toyota New Zealand and NZRU board member, Dowling is a former long-serving member of the ORFU, Dykes is the Otago Cricket Association chief executive, and Staynes is the Dunedin deputy mayor.

Under the old constitution, the clubs had more of a say in the appointment of board members. But that led to accusations of too many vested interests on the board and not a wide enough array of skills on the board to oversee the union.

Applications close on January 19.

Faulks said it had been a roller coaster ride since he joined the board in May 2010, but he was leaving the union with the Otago team and community rugby facing good futures.