Gary Whetton elected as new Blues chairman

20 Apr 2012

Today, at a special Blues Board meeting, Gary Whetton was elected as the new chairman of the Blues, following the resignation of Greg Muir earlier this month.

The former Auckland and All Black captain has a long association with both Auckland Rugby Union and the Blues franchise, having sat on both boards for several years.

“I feel privileged to have been given this responsibility. I am a passionate believer in Blues rugby and the franchise, and to lead this franchise through thick and thin from a board level is important to me and a challenge I take very seriously,” said Mr Whetton today.

An Auckland representative from 1980-1992, Mr Whetton played 180 games for the union and captained Auckland for six years. An All Black lock from 1981-1991, he played 101 games in the black jersey, captaining the side in his final two years.

Currently, Mr Whetton is the owner and managing director of an insurance advisory firm, Gary Whetton & Associates and is in on the Board of Trustees at Rosmini College.

Mr Whetton resides on Auckland’s North Shore with his wife Jane and is the father of three sons - two of whom play for the Grammar-Carlton club, and the third is a former North Harbour representative returning from overseas to play rugby in New Zealand.

At an Auckland Rugby board meeting this week, chairman Glenn Wahlstrom was elected to fill the vacant Auckland Rugby representative seat on the Blues Board following the departure of Mr Muir.

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