The board of the ACT & Southern NSW Rugby Union has announced that Doug Edwards will serve as Chief Executive of the University of Canberra Brumbies until the end of 2016. Edwards has been serving as Interim Chief Executive since the start of 2014.
Edwards said he was pleased to have re-committed to the UC Brumbies.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with the Brumbies over the last eight months. We have a fantastic group of people working towards a common goal and it’s been an exciting time in my career,” Edwards said.
“Like any sporting organisation, we’ve had ups and downs over the last year or so and I’ve enjoyed seeing us come through the other side to feature in five play-off games in two years.
“We have celebrated the opening of a new facility here at the University of Canberra which has set us up as one of Australia’s best-resourced rugby sides and the bulk of our roster – which features 14 Wallabies – has been secured well into the future.
“Overall it’s an exciting time to be part of the Brumbies and I’m certainly looking forward to at least the next two years here in Canberra.”
Since arriving at the UC Brumbies in January, Edwards has worked with Head Coach Stephen Larkham to lock in the majority of the club’s big names, with Henry Speight, Matt Toomua, Christian Lealiifano, Sam Carter, Nic White, Jesse Mogg, Joe Tomane, Jarrad Butler, Fotu Auelua, Scott Fardy and Scott Sio all re-signing contracts.
He also oversaw the club’s move from their temporary accommodation at Bruce to the University of Canberra and has guided the University of Canberra Vikings to the cusp of the National Rugby Championships.
ACT & Southern NSW Rugby Union Chairman Sean Hammond was pleased to have Edwards on board for another two years.
“Doug started with the Brumbies at a difficult time. It was the beginning of a new season, we were in the middle of moving offices and the majority of our playing squad was off contract,” Hammond said.
“I’ve been impressed with the way he navigated the club through that period. As a club we are now far more stable, with 10 Wallabies re-signing and the new facility open and fully operational.
“Doug has a proven track record within the broadcast media industry, built in particular through his work with Prime 7 here in Canberra. We are excited by the opportunities that experience will bring to the Brumbies and I look forward to seeing him around the club for at least the next two years.”