The BNZ Crusaders have appointed Angus Gardiner as the new General Manager Professional Rugby. He will step aside from his current role as Team Manager to take up the position.
BNZ Crusaders CEO Hamish Riach said it gave him great pleasure to announce the appointment, which was finalised six weeks ago: “Angus has been an outstanding servant to the Crusaders over a number of years and has a lot of respect from within the organisation and in the wider rugby community. His management skills and experience will be a great fit for this role, and importantly Angus will also provide a level of constancy and stability for the team as we head into 2017 with a new Head Coach and some other changes in the team management.
“We had considered him for the job when it was first advertised last year, however at that point Angus was committed to completing his tenure as Team Manager until the end of the 2016 season. As it transpired we were able to revisit the opportunity with Angus during this season and are thrilled to now be able to announce that he will take up the position as of 1 September,” Mr Riach said.
Gardiner played as loose forward for the Crusaders from 1996 to 1999 and for Canterbury from 1993 to 1999. He returned to the Crusaders in 2003 after a stint playing overseas to take up the position of Personal Development Manager, which he did until 2007 when he became the Canterbury Team Manager. Gardiner has been the Crusaders Team Manager since 2012.
Gardiner said he was excited about the new challenges and opportunities that the move into the General Manager Professional Rugby role would bring.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my five years working as the Crusaders Team Manager and I was determined to see the role through to the end of this season. However I am now looking forward to applying the experience I’ve amassed to a new role and contributing to the team in a different way.”
The process to appoint a new BNZ Crusaders Team Manager will begin immediately.