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World Rugby Confirm Alan Gilpin As New CEO

World Rugby Confirm Alan Gilpin As New CEO

World Rugby has confirmed the appointment of Alan Gilpin as the organisation’s new chief executive officer.

Gilpin has been in the interim CEO role of World Rugby since former CEO, Brett Gosper’s departure in January, and previously held the roles of chief operating officer and managing director of Rugby World Cup since 2016.

World Rugby chairman, Bill Beaumont, said Gilpin’s leadership ability has helped deliver some of the most successful men’s and women’s Rugby World Cups to date.

“Alan is well known and very well respected by the rugby family through his roles as managing director of Rugby World Cup and chief operating officer of World Rugby, and I have long admired his passion, energy, innovation and leadership skills,” Beaumont said.

“I am excited by Alan’s vision for the future of the organisation and the moves the sport needs to take to become truly global and drive sustainable growth in new, key markets.

“His intimate knowledge of the business of the sport, the opportunities and challenges we collectively face as a family and his excellent leadership and stakeholder relations skills make him the stand-out and right choice for this role at an important and exciting time for the sport globally,” he said.

Speaking on his appointment, Gilpin said: “I am immensely proud and honoured to take up the role as chief executive of World Rugby, and to lead an organisation that is at a really exciting stage in its history.”

“With a new strategic plan ready to launch, considerable talent within the organisation, and an executive board that has ambitious goals for the next few years, it is set to be a pivotal period in the growth of the sport.

“I am also well aware of the challenges that we face as we emerge from the global COVID-19 pandemic and seek to get rugby back on the field in many parts of the world.

“Working with our members and partners, we will continue with our mission to grow the global rugby family, while furthering welfare and injury prevention for players at all levels.

“Attracting and engaging new audiences and delivering compelling and competitive international tournaments remains at the centre of our strategy, along with investing in participation growth with our member unions and regional associations.

“Rugby World Cup 2023 in France will be a spectacular tournament, marking the 200th anniversary of rugby, while the Rugby World Cup 2021 tournament in New Zealand (now postponed to 2022) is at the core of our increased commitment and investment in the growth of women’s rugby.

“We are already in discussions with potential hosts for the men’s and women’s Rugby World Cups in 2025, 2027, 2029 and 2031 to ensure that we have long-term hosting certainty for our pinnacle events, to drive revenue growth and allow ever-increasing investment.

“These events, combined with rugby sevens in the Olympic Games and our annual HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, provide a vital aspirational pathway for girls and boys playing rugby all over the world,” Gilpin said.

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