RFU changes confirmed – Rob Andrew and Clive Woodward

first_imgThe Rugby Football Union (RFU) has today announced a major organisational restructure following the arrival of John Steele as Chief Executive in September 2010.The changes, unanimously approved by the RFU Board of Directors, will, they hope, create a new streamlined executive leadership with more emphasis on delivering rugby at all levels and will simplify the organisational structure and way of working.Rob Andrew’s current job as Elite Rugby Director is scrapped, a position which he has held since August 2006, and the whole elite department revamped. A new, single, rugby department will be created which will be divided into three areas – Performance, Operations and Development – with new director roles created in each area reporting directly to the CEO. All rugby elements of the business will be integrated within the new rugby department to deliver clearer purpose and accountability, which will in turn improve the quality of experience from the top to the bottom of the game in England.Rob Andrew will stay in his job inititally, but will be invited to apply for the job as Operations Director.It is the Performance Director’s role, which will look after the England team (and mean Martin Johnson will have a new boss) that will cause the most speculation. But as BBC reports Sir Clive Woodward will not apply for this post.Eddie Jones and Jake White have already expressed an interest in the new job.In addition, two other new roles will be created with enhanced responsibilities. A Chief Commercial Officer role responsible for all of the revenue generating elements of the business and an enhanced Chief Financial Officer role encompassing all the corporate support services. All the new roles will be advertised from next week and will be subject to an open recruitment process. It is expected that internal and external candidates will apply.Also as part of the reorganisation a number of RFU executives have left the business with immediate effect as their roles no longer exist within the new structure. Andrew Scoular, Nick Bunting, Terry Burwell, Richard Prescott and Ian King depart from their roles as Community Rugby Director, Head of Planning, Funding and Resources, Tournaments and Competitions Director, Elite Team Media Director and Head of HR.Martyn Thomas, Chairman of the RFU Board of Directors, commented: “When we hired John we said we were confident he had the vision and the drive to ensure we could take the RFU to the next phase of its growth and today he has proved that was true. His initial recommendations, which we were unanimous in approving, were based on deep insight and clear evidence and John has our total support. The changes we are making signal a changing of the guard and the new refreshed leadership team will give the RFU new impetus and a clearer strategic direction not just at the Elite end of the game but across the whole game. We will emerge from the next few months a stronger, more effective union and John is to be applauded for taking the tough decisions needed to get there and for delivering the changes in a way that is cost neutral to the business.” The recruitment process will start next week. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img John Steele added. “I have spent the last few months gathering insight and views on how the RFU could better serve the game. I have toured England talking to staff, clubs, players, sponsors and any other rugby stakeholders I could spend time with to find out what we were good at and where we could improve. What became clear is that while we had a sound commercial platform, we did not have enough focus on the quality of the rugby experience across the game. So the new structure puts rugby right at the centre of the business and seeks to create more rugby expertise to benefit all levels of the game.“The next five years will be some of the most exciting in the RFU’s history and I wanted to make sure we are in the right shape as an organisation to seize the opportunities in front of us. These new executive roles are a huge opportunity to ensure that we have the brightest and the best people leading the business moving forward.”RFU Statement on Rob Andrew’s role: Over and above its statement on the overall impact of the organisational changes announced today, the Rugby Football Union wanted, given the widespread media speculation over the past week, to clarify the situation regarding the new Rugby Department and Rob Andrew’s role.When John Steele arrived at the RFU as CEO he made it clear that he would put rugby at the heart of the business and the creation of a new, single, rugby department delivers on that commitment. This is a significant shift and each of the three new directors will play a major role in ensuring the future growth and development of the game in England from the grassroots to the top of the professional game.John Steele, CEO of the RFU, commented, “Today’s announcement is all about looking forward not back and ensuring that we have the best people in place to serve and lead rugby in England as we prepare for a home world cup in 2015. In view of this we are placing huge emphasis on developing the leadership and vision for the new rugby department. The three senior appointments in the rugby area are hugely important to the future of the game. We have invited Rob to apply for the Rugby Operations Director role which is a game wide role responsible for creating the rugby infrastructure required to make rugby work across England.”However it is important to note that the development of this new structure will take six to nine months to put in place and in the interim those applying for roles will stay in their current position while the recruitment process happens and the transitions take place. This means that Rob Andrew will continue with his current responsibilities until the process is complete.Rob Andrew added, ‘I am very excited about the future of the game in England, and the re-structuring that will place rugby at the heart of everything the RFU does. Change is never easy but there are some exciting opportunities and challenges ahead. I will be considering the role of Rugby Operations Director in the coming weeks and in the meantime will continue with my responsibilities as Elite Rugby Director.’last_img read more

Utah Football Notes

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailWACO, Texas and SAN FRANCISCO-Tuesday, Utah head football coach Kyle Whittingham was named as the Pac-12 coach of the year and the American Football Coaches Association’s Subdivision Region 5 Coach of the year.Whittingham, the 2008 AFCA FBS National Coach of the Year after leading the Utes to a 13-0 record, a Mountain West Conference championship and an upset win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, is a finalist for the National Coach of the Year award from the AFCA. The winner will be announced January 14 during the 2020 AFCA convention at Nashville, Tenn.Whittingham is presently 131-63 (.675) and in the midst of completing his 15th season as the Utes’ head coach.This is also Whittingham’s first Pac-12 coach of the year award.Star senior tailback Zack Moss is the Pac-12’s offensive player of the year. He ran for 1,359 yards (12th nationally) and averaged 113.3 rushing yards (12th nationally) per game on 6.2 yards per carry (19th nationally) and 15 rushing scores (tied for 12th nationally).He also hauled in 26 receptions for 374 yards and two receiving scores. Overall, Moss netted 1,733 all-purpose yards and 17 total touchdowns, each of which are team bests.All-conference first-team members include Moss, senior quarterback Tyler Huntley and senior offensive lineman Darrin Paulo on offense.Making the all-Pac-12 first-team squad for the Utes on defense were senior defensive end Bradlee Anae, senior defensive tackle Leki Fotu, junior defensive end Jaylon Johnson, senior linebacker Francis Bernard and senior defensive back Julian Blackmon. Anae, Fotu and Johnson all repeated last season’s feat of making the all-conference squad.Making the second all-conference team were sophomore tight end Brant Kuithe and senior defensive tackle John Penisini.Utes who achieved honorable mention status include senior defensive back Terrell Burgess, junior defensive back Javelin K. Guidry, sophomore linebacker Devin Lloyd, redshirt freshman offensive lineman Simi Moala, sophomore defensive end Mika Tafua, sophomore offensive lineman Nick Ford and junior offensive lineman Orlando Umana.In news from Monday, defensive coordinator/safeties coach Morgan Scalley agreed to terms on an amendment to his contract.This will assist in Scalley securing his long-term position with the Utes’ football program.Scalley is presently in his 12th season as a full-time coach on the Utah staff. December 10, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah Football Notes Tags: Utah Football Brad Jameslast_img read more

Mountain Mama: The Run the Music Died

first_imgHow running without music can help you tune into so much more…Dear Mountain Mama:I’m training for my first half marathon and always listen to music. My favorite playlist makes running feel easier. The race rules ban using portable music devices along the course.This past weekend I attempted my long run without music, and from the first mile I felt fatigued even though I was well rested. The run took forever and I was so bored.How do I make running without music easier?Signed, 13-MilerDear 13-Miler,Running with music can certainly take the drudgery out of lacing up your running shoes.I’ve been a runner off and on since college, finishing two marathons and dozens of half marathons. Until this past weekend, I swore that I needed music to run. Then, two miles into my 11-mile run, my iPod died.Without music to drown out other sounds, I heard my breathing, loud and fast. I spent the next mile taking long, deliberate inhales and slow exhales. I experimented with timing my foot strike to the pace of my breathing. The more I listened, the more I heard. I started listening to the sound of twigs snapping under my feet. The forest became a symphony of sounds – mountain streams, raindrops falling on the canopy, wind rustling leaves, and mountain bikers in the distance.A funny thing happened. I looked around and realized I was halfway finished with my run. I enjoyed listening to the world around me, feeling connected to my own running rhythm, nature, and even other people.I realized that music distracts me from my run. Always I ran away from the pain and discomfort of running, distracting myself with my favorite playlist. Without music, I was more engaged to what was happening inside and outside my body. I feared running without music, deeming it impossible to go more than a mile without listening to tunes. But when I finally was forced to embrace my fear or turn around, I found peace and, perhaps, even a little wisdom.Find the courage to unplug. On the other side of your iPod, you’ll discover there’s so much more going on than you ever imagined. Run toward the beauty in truly experiencing every minute of every mile.Good luck on your first half!Best,Mountain Mamalast_img read more

Boost in FNQ building approvals of 6.3 per cent last year

first_imgTHE Far North may just escape a subdued building and construction forecast this year.Master Builders deputy chief executive Paul Bidwell said 2019 was predicted to be a year of daunting legislative changes for the industry. The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data revealed a 2.1 per cent drop in building approvals as 2018 drew to a close.The drop is a continuation of the fall from the highs experienced in 2016.But the Far North region recorded a boost in building approvals of 6.3 per cent between November and December last year, climbing to 102 from 96.Yearly comparison though showed a drop of 4.6 per cent from 1503 to 1440.However, the tropics outperformed Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Whitsundays region. Mr Bidwell said a tightening in lending requirements could hit the Queensland regional sector hardest. “We expect the residential sector to slip slightly from the 42,000 commencements in 2018 to 40,000 in 2019,” he said. “Worryingly, the drop will be largely in the detached housing sector, with the impact to be felt across the state“Tightening in finance requirements is largely to blame; however, we hope this is a passing phase, due to solid underlying market fundamentals of employment growth, rising wages and a rising population growth rate. “While regional Queensland was looking up in 2018, this has also begun to turn, with regional areas particularly vulnerable to tightening lending conditions. “But large scale resource and renewable energy projects and the tourism sector has boosted hopes for some areas of the state, including the Far North.“This should drive some construction demand and prevent a return to the grim conditions from which the regional industry has only just emerged,” Mr Bidwell said. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoNon-residential building activity is also expected to fall and construction in the retail and wholesale trade sectors is set to decline significantly over the coming year. “The tourism and office sector will also fall away. However, there is some good news for commercial builders in the health, aged care, industrial and transport sectors,” Mr Bidwell said. “But as well as dealing with tricky economic conditions, the industry will need to cope with a wave of legislative change. “It’s clear that Minister Mick de Brenni is determined to introduce Project Bank Accounts into the private sector sometime in the second half of 2019. “Master Builders is also expecting the state government to continue with the next tranche of additional reforms. This includes the introduction of new Minimum Financial Requirements, a shake-up to building certification, mandatory Continuing Professional Development and further refinements to the nonconforming building product regimen. These changes, all of which will make it a challenging year for the building industry to tackle.“Our message to the state government will be to consider the outlook for our industry when making any further policy decisions.”last_img read more