Rugby Australia has today thanked outgoing Chief Executive, Rob Clarke who will depart the organisation today.
Returning to Rugby Australia in May 2020, Clarke has served as interim Chief Executive through one of the most challenging periods of the game’s history.
During this period Clarke oversaw the launch of Super Rugby AU and the Tri Nations tournament played in Australia last year – the first international Rugby competition to take place since COVID-19 suspended sporting competitions around the world.
In addition to this, Clarke aided in the negotiations of a historic broadcast deal with Nine Entertainment Co., with Rugby finding its new home on Stan and free-to-air on the Nine Network.
Rugby Australia Chairman, Hamish McLennan said: “On behalf of the Rugby Australia Board and entire Rugby community, I’d like to thank Rob for everything he’s accomplished in such a short period.
“When Rob was appointed, he was tasked with getting Rugby up and running again and he’s accomplished that better than anyone could have imagined, and so much more.
“He leaves behind a leaner and stronger organisation and has allowed for Andy [Marinos] to start with a clear roadmap for the future.
“On a personal note, it’s sad to see Rob go, he is a true servant of the game and we have formed a great partnership; however I know he won’t be lost to us in the future,” McLennan said.
Clarke will remain at Rugby AU for a four-week handover with incoming Chief Executive Andy Marinos, who starts on Monday 1 February.