The Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) Board has approved the appointment of Mr. Ernest Hanson as Board Member on Monday 19 February 2018.
Hanson comes with over 20 years Rugby playing experience. He played school boy rugby at Clifton College in the UK and another three years at Gloucester Rugby Academy until the age of 21.
Mr. Herbert Mensah, President and Board Chairman of Ghana Rugby, spearheaded the appointment of Hanson who previously served on the Board of the GRFU.
According to Mr. Hebert Mensah, the Ghana Rugby Football Union adopted a new Constitution in 2017 that allows the Board to appoint Directors in addition to those elected by the Union’s General Meeting.
“The appointment of Ernest Hanson is the first step in a vision I had since taking over as President in 2014,” Mr. Mensah said.
Mr. Hebert Mensah continued that, “Rugby, as most sporting disciplines, is a business that requires exceptional challenges regarding governance and it is essential to bring resources with a business background into the fold to assist with biggest challenge we face, namely to place the Union on a sustainable funding platform.”
Mr. Hanson is currently the Managing Director of Beaufort Properties, a Ghanaian-based real estate firm and He is also a Level 1 World Rugby Coach and has also played senior rugby for London Nigerians RFC.
Ghana Rugby has a challenging year ahead with three international tournaments planned for May, September and October.
The international circuit kicks off in May this year, when Ghana will be hosting the Rugby Africa Bronze Cup against Lesotho, Mauritius and Rwanda. A win in this competition will see Ghana’s promotion to the Silver Cup and a step closer to Hebert Mensah’s mission to take Ghana Rugby to the World Cup.
In September Ghana Rugby plans to organize a Ghana International Sevens tournament against seven other Rugby playing Unions in preparation of the scheduled Rugby Africa Men’s Sevens Tournament in October.
Mr. Ernest Hanson (left) with the President and Board Chairman of Ghana Rugby, Mr. Herbert Mensah, at the finals of the 2017/18 Ghana Rugby Club Championship.