New Waikato Rugby Union general manager


blairFormer Waikato representative Blair Foote has been appointed new general manager of the Waikato Rugby Union.

The 41-year-old is currently general manager at C F Reese Plumbing in Hamilton and is set to replace outgoing WRU general manager Graham Bowen at the end of this month.

Blair boasts an extensive commercial and management background which includes more than a decade of experience in various managerial roles; an ideal fit to guide Waikato Rugby Union into the future.

No stranger to wearing the Waikato colours, Blair made 17 appearances for Waikato between 1995 and 1997, and also represented Thames Valley and North Harbour.

The former national age group rep also played sevens for New Zealand and a three year stint of professional rugby with the Exeter Chiefs in England. Blaire is delighted to be returning to his old province.

“The Waikato Rugby Union is a proud provincial union with a strong history and I am looking forward to playing a part in building on that legacy in the coming years,” he says.
Waikato Rugby Union chairman Phil Harris is happy the thorough selection process of the board has produced a candidate of Blair Foote’s calibre.

“We believe Blair is a great fit for our union and I am confident his combination of leadership and business prowess will help us to further develop the organisation,” says Phil.

“I would also like to acknowledge our outgoing general manager Graham Bowen and thank him for his contribution during his seven year tenure. In particular his strong input into club rugby has had a positive impact, and his unfailing commitment to develop our youth has seen Waikato over-represented in national youth teams in recent years.”

Blaire officially takes up  his new role on March 30.


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