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Tony Lewis to leave TRU for role with Western Force

Tony Lewis to leave TRU for role with Western Force

[By Nelson Weekly / Nelson App]

Tasman Rugby Union is on the hunt for a new CEO after Tony Lewis resigned just before Christmas.

Tony has been in charge of the union since 2013 and has lead the union to back-to-back Mitre 10 Cup titles as well as successfully hosting an All Blacks test match in Nelson for the first time.

He is leaving to take up the position as CEO of the Western Force union based in Perth, Australia.

In a message to stakeholders, Lewis noted "It is my belief that seven to eight years as a CEO in an organisation is about the right time frame. It was the hardest decision of my life. Stephanie and I love the Tasman region and our home in Nelson. We plan to retire in the region in the future. It is a great place to live and the people have been very welcoming since 2013 – it is home.

I’ll be eternally grateful for the opportunities that the TRU through then chair Ken Beams gave me in 2013 when I was appointed CEO. Every day I feel blessed, privileged and grateful to work in the greatest sport on the planet and in particular for the TRU and the Tasman region. 

Every staff appointment since 2013 has taken the TRU to the next level in their area of expertise and has been a key cog in success whether in the clubs and schools, high performance or the front office. The new and increased level of performance and professionalism from  the staff has resulted in the TRU being a leader and key influencer with NZR Inc.

With hard work we are currently the premier NZ rugby province across a number of the rugby landscapes and we must continue to strive to ensure that the Board’s vision to be a top four provincial union under any criteria is our number priority and not lost as we move forward. 

To every Mako player and coach since 2013, it has been a pleasure being associated with them. I will follow your careers proudly and truly believe that our paths will cross again. Once a Mako always a Mako."