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Joe Roff favourite to take over as Brumbies boss

Joe Roff could become the new Brumbies chief executive.

Joe Roff could become the new Brumbies chief executive. Photo: Graham Tidy

ACT Brumbies great Joe Roff has emerged as a leading candidate to replace chief executive Andrew Fagan, who sensationally quit his Super Rugby job on Friday just months after signing a new one-year contract.

Fagan will leave the Brumbies next month after more than a decade at the club, including the past eight as chief executive.

Brumbies great Joe Roff with the Super 12 trophy in 2004.

Brumbies great Joe Roff with the Super 12 trophy in 2004.

The Brumbies will start their search to replace Fagan in the coming weeks and former Wallabies and Canberra great Roff looms as the front-runner to be the successor.

Roff - the University of Canberra Union boss - is on the Brumbies board and is one of the club's greatest players.

''It's no secret I love the Brumbies, [chief executive] is a great role to drive the direction of the organisation,'' Roff said.

Brumbies great Joe Roff after scoring a try in the Super Rugby final win against the Crusaders.

Brumbies great Joe Roff after scoring a try in the Super Rugby final win against the Crusaders. Photo: Simon Alekna

''At the moment I'm enjoying my role at UC and I'm committed, but the Brumbies is something I'd consider.

''It's not a job that turns over often. It's one of the best jobs in sports administration, there will be a significant amount of interest.

''It would be something I'd love to consider, not many people get a chance to work in an area they love.''

Fagan cited the desire for new challenges as one of the major reasons he decided to resign, despite the club making the Super Rugby final in August.

He did not want to discuss if personal reasons were involved.

Fagan is one of only three chief executives in Brumbies history, following on from Mark Sinderberry and Rob Clark.

Fagan has been linked with Brumbies rivals the NSW Waratahs or a cross-code switch to the NRL in Sydney, but said his priority was to ''take a holiday'' before finding a new job. ''This job takes no prisoners, it's been 12 years … it's time to walk away and it's sad, but it's the right decision for me and the right decision and timing for the Brumbies,'' Fagan said.

During Fagan's Brumbies tenure it's estimated he generated $75 million for the club in sponsorship.

Fagan also oversaw the arrival and departure of three head coaches - Laurie Fisher, Andy Friend and Jake White.

Brumbies chairman Sean Hammond said the board would not be rushed into finding a replacement.

''I'd imagine there will be a lot of applicants, we're not ruling anything out and we just want the best person for the job,'' Hammond said.

''It's not a complete shock, we have been discussing it. It's too early to discuss a timeline, we have to put a system in place.

''No timing is perfect … there is a change, but I feel we're in good shape.''

Rugby Internationals 2014

Round 1
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SAM 18 vs TGA 18 Stats
FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 47 vs WXV 13 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Stats
USA 6 vs SCO 24 Stats
CAN 25 vs JPN 34 Report Stats
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Sat, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 15 vs ITA Stats
FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Stats
AUS 6 vs FRA Report Stats
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RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
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Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
ARG 19 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
FJI 13 vs SAM 18 Stats
JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Report Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Stats
Sun, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
USA 38 vs CAN 35 Stats
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Sun, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Stats
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Round 5
Sun, 02 NovTimes shown AEDT
BAR 36 vs AUS 40 Report Stats
USA 6 vs NZL 74 Report Stats
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ITA 24 vs SAM 13 Report Stats
ENG 21 vs NZL 24 Stats
WAL 28 vs AUS 33 Stats
FRA 40 vs FJI 14 Report Stats
IRE 29 vs RSA 15 Stats
SCO 41 vs ARG 31 Stats
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Sun, 16 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 18 vs ARG 20 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs RSA 31 Report Stats
WAL 17 vs FJI 13 Stats
SCO 16 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
FRA 29 vs AUS 26 Report Stats
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IRE 49 vs GEO 7 Stats
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Sun, 23 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA vs RSA 01:00Stadio Plebiscito
SCO vs TGA 01:30Rugby Park
IRE vs AUS 03:30Lansdowne Road
WAL vs NZL 04:30MilS
ENG vs SAM 06:00Twic
FRA vs ARG 07:00StdF
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Sun, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
ENG vs AUS 01:30Twic
WAL vs RSA 01:30MilS
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