SA Rugby Legends

Covid-19 hits SA Rugby Legends hard

Stefan Terblanche has stepped down as CEO of the South African Rugby Legends Association (Sarla).

The former Springbok wing, who had held the position for eight years, will pursue other interests.

Terblanche's exit follows a Sarla restructuring, which has been implemented in order to bring operating costs in line with current revenue being generated. 

Sarla has been hard-hit by the Covid-19 lockdown. It has, unfortunately, had to cancel two of its biggest rugby development programmes – Vuka and Iqhawe – as funding for these tournaments was cut.

'On behalf of the board, the staff and Sarla's legends, we want to thank Stefan for his valued contribution to Sarla over the past eight years and wish him all the very best in the next chapter of his career,' said Sarla president Gavin Varejes.

Sarla's board, which consists of former players and prominent South African businessmen, will oversee the management of the organisation, while the regional offices in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg will remain open.

'Our hope is to move back to full-time rugby programmes next year, so that Sarla can continue changing lives of the kids in our disadvantaged communities that rely on our development programmes to give them hope for a better future' said Sarla board member and former Bok captain John Smit.

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