The Williams F1 Team announced the appointment of PAT SYMONDS as chief technical officer. Effective Aug. 19 Symonds joins Williams from the Marussia F1 Team, where he held the position of technical consultant. MIKE COUGHLAN has stepped down from his position as technical director and will leave the team with immediate effect (Williams F1). ... National Rugby League club Parramatta Eels "are on the look out" for a new CEO after KEN EDWARDS "left the crisis-torn" club on Tuesday. The club said Edwards has left by "mutual consent" and was a result of a change of strategic direction following the installation of the new board in May (BRISBANE TIMES, 7/16). New Eels Chair STEVE SHARP and the club's board "called Edwards into a snap meeting Tuesday." Sharp cited a "difference in vision" for dispensing with the club's fourth CEO in as many seasons since the demise of 30-year emperor DENIS FITZGERALD in '09 (TELEGRAPH, 7/16).
COACHES: The UAE Rugby Federation has appointed EPELI LAGILOA "as the new performance manager." Fijian is the replacement for former Australia Test player DUNCAN HALL, "who stepped down from the role last month" (THE NATIONAL, 7/16).
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