Rian Oberholzer appointed at Boland

Boland Rugby Union has appointed former SA Rugby Union CEO Rian Oberholzer as its chief marketing manager.


His immediate task will be to secure a major sponsor after the Fidentia debacle early last year left the union crippled.

Boland president Jackie Abrahams confirmed Oberholzer’s appointment.

“We are glad to have Rian on board. He is an excellent negotiator and we are looking for some exciting breakthroughs in the near future. “I’m confident the tide will turn.

We need to get back on track as soon as possible,” added Abrahams.

The seasoned rugby boss said Oberholzer was approached towards the end of last year and he immediately accepted the challenge.


“When he accepted our invitation, we knew our future was in good hands.

“We decided that he was the right man for the job. He has a great knowledge of the business world and his understanding of rugby matters made him the ideal candidate.

“Rian is also busy with strategic plans to put the union on course for the next five years.

“Yes, we are all positive about the future. “Rian and his promotional company could do wonders for the union. All we can do right now is to hold thumbs for a breakthrough in obtaining a sponsorship.

“We would love to turn fully professional again. As far as I know, Boland are the only semi-professional side in the Vodacom and Currie Cup competition,” Abrahams said.



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