Gavin Varejes and the Bright Future of Lithuanian Rugby
Lithuania may not be the first country that springs to mind when one thinks of rugby. That may change before too long, though, if Richmark chairman and devoted rugby supporter Gavin Varejes has his way. Varejes is a very active supporter of the growth of rugby in Lithuania and has played an active part in the process whereby South African rugby has helped the Lithuanian club side Enerstena to develop its technical abilities to a higher level. As a patriotic, rugby-loving South African whose father was born in the town of Telshe, Lithuania, Varejes is the perfect man to contribute to the growth of rugby in Lithuania.
Rugby as a Force for Progressive Change
Varejes has a long track record of supporting rugby as a vehicle for progressive change. Back in 2001 he co-founded South African Rugby Legends with former Springboks and Scotland international John Allan. That initiative has certainly been fruitful, since the Legends project is now firmly established as South Africa’s leading sporting charity. Varejes’s intense commitment to the Legends fits in with his wider belief that South Africa, having thrived despite the hardships of its history, “has so much to offer the rest of the world.”
Developing New Talent as the Foundation for Future Success
Noting the success of Argentina in coming third in the 2007 Rugby World Cup, despite having only taken up the game at a serious level in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Varejes strongly believes that Lithuania has the talent to achieve similar success. As Varejes sees it, Lithuanian rugby is now witnessing the emergence of major new talent, thanks to the major contribution of the exchange program with South Africa. As a lover of both countries and as a major rugby fan, Varejes will do everything possible to ensure that the future of Lithuanian rugby is a bright one.