RESIGNED: Oregan Hoskins

South African Rugby Union (SARU) president Oregan Hoskins announced his resignation yesterday after reported pressure from the respective unions in South Africa.

After 10 years at the helm of Springbok rugby, Hoskins advised the membership of SA Rugby at a meeting of the General Council yesterday, where he said: “I have enjoyed a remarkable 10 and a half years in one of the most high-profile roles in SA sport and have enjoyed some incredible highs.

“It has been a pleasure and a privilege and I want to thank everyone involved in South African rugby for the fantastic journey we have shared.

“There have also been plenty of challenges to confront but I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way - it’s an indication of how much our sport matters in this country… over recent months we have faced tough challenges and had some tough conversations which has made me think about my role.”

Some of the more recent problems Hoskins has been struggling to handle is motivating for a national blueprint for a playing style, creating tensions with former Technical Director Rassie Erasmus - who since joined Irish club Munster.

Deputy president Mark Alexander will act as interim president until an election can be held.