Taranaki Rugby - TRFU Board

TRFU BOARD

ANDREW THOMPSON
Chairman

Elected Director

Andrew Thompson was first co-opted to the TRFU board in 2015 before becoming an Elected Director in 2016. Andrew was recently the General Manager and Director of Lonza, an agrichemical and timber treatment company headquartered in Bell Block. He has been heavily involved as junior convenor for the NPOB club and is a former prop who played first class rugby for Counties in the 1990’s.

​​​​​​​LYAL FRENCH-WRIGHT
President

Lyal was elected as TRFU Vice President in 2018. He has worked on various TRFU sub committees since moving to Taranaki in 1995 to be Headmaster of NPBHS and was on Canterbury RFU prior to this. Represented Canterbury at most playing levels and coached /selected continuously from 1972- 2012 up to national level with NZSS. After leaving NPBHS was Executive Principal of an international school in the Middle East (Qatar) from 2008-12, CEO Govett Quilliam Lawyers from 2012-18 and presently CE WITT.

CHERRY BLYDE
Vice President

Cherry is married to Steve, (31 years). Cherry and Steve are Dairy Farmers, and have four children. All four have played and three still are playing rugby. Cherry has been involved with rugby since 1990 when Taranaki first had a Womens team. Since then she has been involved with the game; Coaching (Junior Rugby), Junior Convenor of Clifton, Manager for Taranaki Women 7’s teams, worked for TRFU as Secondary Schools Liaison 2013-2016. Cherry is very passionate about the grass roots rugby and the development of the Girls/Womens game.

DAN RADCLIFFE
Appointed Director

Dan Radcliffe is a Taranaki entrepreneur and businessman who lives in North Taranaki with his young family. Through his work in business, Dan has enjoyed a number of successes, including the New Zealand Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2014 and being inducted into the World Entrepreneur Hall of Fame in 2015. Dan is affiliated to the Clifton Rugby Club - the club he played for as a junior.