The Hong Kong Rugby Union has appointed Mr Ron Rutland as General Manager
of Business Development.
In the newly created position, Rutland will drive growth in the business effectiveness
of the HKRU’s non-Sevens properties, including the domestic men’s and
women’s leagues, international tournaments, national teams,
facilities and community engagement.
joins the Hong Kong Rugby Union after senior roles in the
financial services industry in both Hong Kong and the United
He has significant experience in rugby, both
as a player and in the professional side of the game, having
helped to found the Cape Town Tens in South Africa and serving as
the Tournament Director for five years from 2008-2013.
Since its founding, the Cape Town Tens has grown into the world’s
biggest rugby tens tournament and one of Africa’s largest sporting
festivals, with over 220 teams and 15,000 participants and
spectators attending the 2017 tournament. Mr Rutland continues to
serve on the Board of Directors for the tournament.
Earlier this year Mr Rutland was part of a two-man team that
trekked 2,011 km across Mongolia, playing golf, and in doing so
set a Guinness World Record for the ‘Longest Hole in Golf’, and in
2013 he completed a world-first endurance adventure, cycling
through every country in Africa en route to the 2015 Rugby World
Cup. Both expeditions supported the Laureus Sports for Good
charity, which earlier this year was named the official charity of
2018 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens.
covered 42,000 kilometres on his inspirational cycling voyage,
arriving in Brighton just in time to witness Japan’s historic
victory over his native South Africa.
delighted to welcome Ron to the Hong Kong Rugby Union and believe
that his passion for and insight into the game will help us
identify new channels for the Union to enhance our business
development and create new revenue streams to help ensure the
growth of rugby as a game for all in Hong Kong,” said Mr Robbie
McRobbie, Chief Executive Officer of the HKRU.
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