Tim Gavin elected President of NSW Rugby Union 24/04/2012 Former NSW Waratahs captain Tim Gavin was last night elected President of New South Wales Rugby Union. Tim Gavin played 47 Tests for the Wallabies and represented NSW on 83 occasions between 1987 and 1997, including 30 as captain. He had the honour of captaining the Waratahs in the inaugural Super Rugby competition in 1996. Originally from Cumnock, Gavin represented Australia at Schoolboy and Sevens before graduating to the NSW Waratahs and Wallabies. Gavin played his club rugby for Eastern Suburbs, returning to the country, where he is still involved with Gunnedah Rugby Club and Central North junior representative teams. His appointment was announced at last night’s NSW Rugby Union AGM by retiring President John Coolican. “It has been a privilege to be President of the Union and I am delighted to hand over the honour to Tim Gavin,” said Coolican. Former Eastwood and Sydney Representative captain Mick Mathers was elected Vice President. A twice-capped Wallaby, Mathers represented NSW on 14 occasions between 1979 and 1981. Long-serving international referee and administrator Dick Byers was declared an Honorary Life Member of NSW Rugby Union, in an acknowledgement of more than 50 years of service to the game. NSW Rugby Union and the HSBC Waratahs also extend their best wishes to Michael Lynagh and his family and wished him a complete and speedy recovery. Said NSWRU Chairman Nick Farr-Jones, a former Wallaby and Rugby World Cup team mate of Lynagh, “NSW Rugby and the HSBC Waratahs join the wider Australian Rugby community in supporting Michael, his wife, children and parents at this difficult time. "I personally had the privilege to play alongside Michael for a decade and developed a great trust and friendship. “Michael is a fantastic person and a great team-mate, I am sure everyone in Rugby will be supporting him, Isabella and their family at this time,” Farr-Jones added.