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2023 Rugby World Cup Organising Committee CEO Fired

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2023 Rugby World Cup Organising Committee CEO Fired

The organising committee of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France has announced that they have terminated the contract of CEO, Claude Atcher.

The decision comes following the conclusion of an investigation by the French Labour Inspectorate that was launched after a 2022 article, published by L’Equipe, was critical of the social climate Atcher had created within the organisation.

Deputy CEO Julien Collette will step up to replace Atcher, while tournament general manager, Martine Nemecek steps into the role of deputy CEO.

A statement released by France 2023’s organising committee said: “Julien Collete and Martine Nemecek are responsible, alongside France 20023’s president, it’s founding members and World Rugby, for taking the necessary organizational measures that will ensure greater collegiality and transparency in the organising committee’s decision-making process.”

“The new France 2023 management team and it’s employees will continue to work together to offer an exceptional moment of celebration throughout France and it’s regions, with the promise of delivering a responsible event both in terms of organising and legacy for the sport and society,” it said.

The change in the committee’s leadership follows the announcement of Legends becoming the official retail partner of the tournament.

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