Brumbies get a new interim CEO

Phil Thomson hopes to ease tensions and restore normality at the Brumbies during his time as interim chief executive of the Super Rugby franchise.

The club’s board on Thursday confirmed the former team manager’s appointment until a permanent replacement for Michael Jones is found.

Jones left the Brumbies last Monday after reaching a confidential settlement following weeks of infighting and courtroom drama.

Thomson will put on hold his current job as Australian Rugby Union’s integrity manager to fill the role for at least the next three to six months.

As interim CEO, he said he wants to try and “settle things down” and get the ACT’s rugby community back on board with the team, who currently lead the Australian conference.

“I think that’s pretty obvious that there’s a lot of tension out there and there’s a lot of bridges that probably have to be rebuilt,” Thomson said.

“It’s been a tough time for the organisation off the field and no-one likes to see the organisation dragged through this sort of process.

“So we need to look at just getting back to the values of the organisation – there’s a lot of good quality people here – and just putting everything in place to make sure they can deliver what they have to.”

Thomson was the Brumbies’ inaugural team manager between 1996 and 2002, before he joined the Wallabies.

He dismissed suggestions that his appointment signalled the ARU had intentions to take over the Brumbies.

“That will be a perception from people but I can guarantee you the ARU’s got no intention of taking over the Brumbies,” he added.

“They want the Brumbies to be a stable, sustainable organisation from 2017 and onwards.

“All sporting organisations have got challenges financially and the Brumbies are no different, but with good planning and smart business work I certainly think we can be sustainable moving forward.”

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