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Marinos to return as SANZAR chief executive

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Southern hemisphere rugby organization SANZAR has reappointed South Africa-based Andy Marinos as its chief executive.

Marinos, who was SANZAR chief executive between 2008 and 2010, has worked for the South African Rugby Union for the past five years as general manager of commercial and marketing. He returns to his former role from Jan. 1, replacing Greg Peters who has stepped down.

SANZAR runs the Rugby Championship, involving Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, and the Super Rugby competition which will expand next season from 15 to 18 teams, involving teams from Argentina and Japan for the first time.