The Rebels have appointed a new chairman and president on the eve of their Super Rugby opener.
The Rugby Victoria and Rebels boards came together for their first Annual General Meeting of the year, which was attended by Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle, and appointed Paul Docherty as the new Rebels chairman, with Tim North QC elected president of RV for a fifth consecutive two-year term.
North's appointment will see him fill the new role of Rebels president, a role reserved for the president of RV as per the newly updated constitution.Human Resources executive Kylie Bishop was also elected as a new member of the RV board.
All changes were supported unanimously by those in attendance at the AGM.
Docherty, an ACT product before captaining Melbourne University's side from 1995 to 1997, said it was an honour to take up the new position.
"After being involved in the Victorian rugby community as a player, coach, parent and partner for more than a decade, it’s an honour and a privilege to be appointed Chairman of the Melbourne Rebels," Docherty said.
"It’s an exciting time for the Rebels as we kick-off a new era for the organisation this week and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to contribute to establishing a foundation of Super Rugby success here in Victoria."
The Rebels host the Reds at AAMI Park on Friday night, kicking off at 7:45pm AEDT, broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS and RUGBY.com.au radio.