The Namibian (Windhoek)

14 January 2011

Namibia: IRB Hones in on NRU Admin

THE International Rugby Board's (IRB) Head of Development and Performance, Mark Egan, is expected in Namibia before month-end to sort out the Namibia Rugby Union's NRU administrative mess.

According to NRU president Buks Bok, Egan's visit on January 26 to 27 is to help the troubled sport institution with getting its house in order.

Following the suspension of its chief executive officer, Izak 'Sackey' Mouton, on December 8 for insubordination, the IRB has elected to step in before the situation disintegrates.

Bok told The Namibian Sport that said Egan would, in particular, act as mediator in talks between the NRU and its South African counterpart SARU with the view of appointing an interim administrator.

The interim man is expected to be shadowed by the CEO for the duration of his stay.

"The interim administrator from SARU will be here for six months," said Bok.

"He will work closely with the CEO and show him how things are done."

Bok also said the IRB official would look into the Mouton saga. However Mouton, at the time of his dismissal, had said the international rugby governing body's visit had nothing to do with his suspension and would be coming to take over the reins of the domestic headquarters.

He alleged that the cash-strapped organisation has been treading on thin ice for some time now and that it had been served with an ultimatum to get its affairs in order.

In contrast, Bok added that part of Egan's mission was to sort out "the problems" that Mouton caused, whom he claims struggled with his responsibilities.

"He (Mouton) struggled with the tasks that I gave him which has left us with problems," he said.

"His relationship with me, the national team management and the clubs was not good. This raised issues with the IRB. They need to sort this out."

Mouton's hearing, which was postponed from late last year, will now be held on January 18. According to Bok, Mouton had skipped town after being issued with the suspension which has caused the hearing to be delayed.

This effectively means that all major decisions are put on hold until the issue is put to bed.

"We cannot decide anything until the hearing is concluded," said Bok.

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