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Opinion: Clarke For Drua CEO Job?

Is Clarke, the right man for the top job. Definitely, yes! Over the years, he has maintained a good working relationship with Rugby House.
16 May 2021 13:40
Opinion: Clarke For Drua CEO Job?
Aayden Clarke.

The recent resignation of Pacific Rugby Players chief executive officer, Aayden Clarke, has raised many questions.

One is the timing of his move, especially after the announcement of the Moana Pasifika and the Fijian Drua to play in next year’s Super Rugby competition.

This was something, Clarke and his PRP team, had worked tirelessly on to achieve and who would not want to be there to see it happen.

Definitely, if we were in Clarke’s shoes we would all want to be there on the day.

Probably, he has got something bigger and better?

Clarke has done a lot for Pacific Rugby through PRP when it was established in 2013.

Under his watch the organisation had undergone some huge shifts, always trying to lead with a positive and solution-focused attitude.

When Clarke first started, he was presented a handover document, with just six bullet points on it, he shares.

“We have come a long way since then, we have staff all over the world, we are recognised as a fully capable and respected organisation and we are at a level where we are about to start our first collective bargaining process,” he adds. “

The organisation has shifted from being seen as a players’ union to having a strategic role in Pacific island rugby and contributing to the big table and helping to shape the future of Super Rugby.”

Now he is making his move. So, what’s next?

Clarke says, he wants a much needed break and work on some of his own projects before deciding about his future.

“One thing I do know is that whatever I do next, I want to pour my efforts and energy into meaningful work which makes a difference and has an impact,” he told PRP website.

With Pelenato Sakalia holding the helm for Moana Pasifika, could we see Clarke as a possible contender for the Fijian Drua chief executive officer’s (CEO) job?

Yes, the top job had been advertised by the Fiji Rugby Union and was closed at 5pm yesterday.

Is Clarke, the right man for the top job. Definitely, yes! Over the years, he has maintained a good working relationship with Rugby House.

His experience in working with Fiji, Tonga and Samoa Rugby enabled him to know what happens behind the scenes and the lack of resources these nations contend with.

Clarke began a management career in tertiary education at Eastern Institute of Technology, once he retired from playing rugby in 2012. He attended Massey University and his management role focused on Trades and Technology.

Clarke, while playing, also founded an online sports clothing company, Plussix4 (later renamed Kinetik) that specialised in compression and base layer clothing for athletes.

This brand traded globally while based out of New Zealand. Clarke sold the company in 2015.

Again, he is definitely the man for the Drua’s top job. Time is not on our side, and the decision makers at Rugby House must acquire his services in any way possible.

This is the way to go and we must make it count.

Feedback: leonec@fijisun.com.fj

 



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