The body that represents the employers of South Africa’s professional rugby players elected Veda Manie (South Western Districts CEO) as its first female executive committee member at its annual meeting on Monday, 12 October 2020.

Ms Manie was elected to serve on the incoming executive committee of the South African Rugby Employers’ Association (SAREO).

Rudolf Straeuli (Lions CEO) was re-elected as chairman. SA Rugby is represented on the committee by Ian Schwartz, GM Strategic Performance Management.

“It’s a pleasure to welcome Veda onto the executive committee,” said Lions CEO, Rudolf Straeuli.

“Rugby has been a male-dominated sport for many years, but we’re happy to be moving with the times.

“Rugby prides itself on being a sport for all, and we need to have diverse and wide-ranging voices in shaping its future so that it meets the needs of all,” he concluded.

Issued on behalf of SAREO by SA Rugby Communications

With editing by gsport