Rugby: ORFU set to announce restructuring

The Otago Rugby Football Union will be finalising its review of staff early in the year as it looks to put resources into three key areas.

Whether that results in job losses at the union remains to be seen but union acting chairman Keith Cooper said the review was not about trying to save money.

‘‘The focus for the review has been about delivering rugby in the best way we can. Many businesses and organisations use reviews as cost cutting but what we have done is more about helping the game of rugby in the province,'' Cooper said.

The union had spent most of the year consulting with stakeholders on how it could help make rugby a better sport in Otago province and deliver a better product for everyone involved in the game, including coaches, referees, players and all other volunteers.

The union had about 7500 players with many more involved in off field matters.

The union had three pillars it wanted to focus on - administration and marketing of the sport; rugby operations delivering rugby and competitions to the community; and representative teams.

‘‘These are what we see are the three pillars of the game and now it is about realigning people on staff to put them in the right areas.

‘‘Before we had a lot of people doing a little bit of everything and we did not see that as best practice.

‘‘But we are not a big organisation and there is probably always going to be people helping out across the board.''

He did not envisage any job losses but said some staff might not believe they were best suited to a new role.

The specific roles would be finalised in the new year.

The union is also advertising for two new directors as the rotation of two directors comes up for re-election.

Steve Quin, who has been on the board for three years, is up for re-election and is standing again.

There will be one new board member though, with chairman Andrew Rooney moving on.

Rooney shifted to Wellington in late October and will stand down after more than five years on the board.

The applications for the director positions close on January 24.

A board applications panel will select the successful two candidates for the eight-member board and the appointments will be ratified at the union's annual meeting in March.

An exact date for the annual meeting has yet to be announced.


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