The search is on for the right man to replace Hong Kong Rugby Football Union (HKRFU) chief executive Pieter Schats who unexpectedly resigned from his post yesterday. Schats, who was appointed to the high-profile job in November, 1995, has agreed to work closely with the HKRFU to ensure a smooth transition to new management, and will remain in his position until after the union's annual general meeting on June 27. 'I have greatly enjoyed my time at the HKRFU but I have decided that my future career should be in business, not sports management. I am totally supportive of the objectives of the HKRFU and intend to be involved with its activities,' said Schats. HKRFU chairman Peter Duncan said: 'Pieter has made an outstanding contribution to the development of rugby in Hong Kong and, more recently, in China. We would like to thank him for his considerable efforts. 'I'd imagine it will be several weeks before we make an announcement [of a replacement]. 'We have to find out who the people are who might be interested who would be appropriately equipped for the post.'