Andy Marinos: Sanzar appoints ex-Wales centre as chief executive

Andy Marinos
Andy Marinos made his Wales debut as a replacement against Ireland in 2002

Former Wales and Newport Gwent Dragons centre Andy Marinos has been appointed chief executive of southern hemisphere rugby's governing body Sanzar.

Marinos won eight caps for Wales and played for Natal, Western Province and Newport RFC.

The 43-year-old, who played Super Rugby for Sharks and Stormers, has held a number of rugby administration roles.

Between 2004 and 2005 he was Newport Gwent Dragons chief executive and has also been South Africa team manager.

He will leave his current commercial and marketing role with the South African Rugby Union and starts his new post on 1 January 2016.

"I'm incredibly proud to have been given the responsibility of leading the ongoing growth and prosperity of southern hemisphere rugby," he said.

Zimbabwe-born Marinos, who also played rugby league for Sydney Bulldogs, was Sanzar chief executive between 2008 and 2010 when the role was shared on a rotating basis between Australia, Argentina, New Zealand and South Africa.