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World Rugby CEO Gilpin says private equity deals ‘a good thing’ for rugby

Alan Gilpin (Photo: World Rugby).

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World Rugby chief executive Alan Gilpin has said private equity can play a positive role in rugby union and argues the sizeable influence now wielded by investors like CVC Capital Partners has enabled the governing body to reset relationships with its key stakeholders and adapt its role within the game.

Gilpin, who was speaking to SportBusiness shortly before New Zealand Rugby announced it had finally agreed to sell a 5.71 per-cent share in its commercial arm to American private equity firm Silver Lake, said: “I think we’re at the point where any drivers and enablers that bring different parts of the game together are certainly a good thing.”

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