Saru President Oregan Hoskins steps down

Hoskins has been under pressure from a number of provincial unions who wanted to see him replaced.

FILE: Outgoing President of the South African Rugby Union (Saru) Oregan Hoskins. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Oregan Hoskins has stepped down as the president of SA Rugby after more than a decade in charge.

Rumours first surfaced late on Tuesday that he might take the decision with a number of general council members expressing to Eyewitness News that he was under increasing pressure.

Vice president Mark Alexander will serve as the acting president until an election can be held, SA Rugby confirmed.

Hoskins served as president from 2006 and was under pressure from a number of provincial unions wanting to see him replaced. The unions are currently meeting in Johannesburg to discuss a variety of issues in South African rugby.

Earlier this year, Hoskins attempted to have CEO Jurie Roux stood down over a draft report that implicated Roux in the misappropriation of funds, while employed previously at stellenbosch university.

The move, though, was thwarted by SA Rugby's executive council.

Hoskins' decision to step down was communicated today to the body's general council, as well as its executive council, in Johannesburg.

Hoskins has described his tenure in one of the most high profile jobs in South African sport as "enjoyable".

Adding there were incredible highs, and that he hopes those around him will fondly remember his contribution to the game.