World Rugby’s executive committee has appointed council members Steve Brown and Steve Tew to the Rugby World Cup Limited Board ahead of next year’s edition of the national team tournament in Japan.
Brown is the chief executive of England’s Rugby Football Union (RFU) and was managing director of the country’s staging of the 2015 World Cup. Tew is the chief executive of New Zealand Rugby Union and oversaw the delivery of the 2011 World Cup in his home nation.
The pair will take up their positions on the World Cup Board in May, joining World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont, vice-chairman Agustin Pichot and chief executive Brett Gosper; Welsh Rugby Union chairman Gareth Davies and independent member Mike Hawker, the former chairman of the Australian Rugby Union.
The 2015 World Cup in England broke records as the best attended, most viewed, most socially engaged and most commercially successive edition of the tournament to date, while the 2011 event in New Zealand also generated significant economic benefits for the host nation and exceeded expectations in terms of tourism.
Next year will mark the first World Cup to be held in Asia. The 2023 tournament was last year awarded to France, which saw off competition from South Africa and Ireland.
Beaumont said: “Both (Brown and Tew) have exceptionally strong track records delivering world-class tournaments that set new standards for the sport of rugby. Their combined wealth of experience and expert knowledge will be invaluable as we look ahead to Japan 2019, a ground-breaking tournament that will bring Rugby World Cup to Asia for the first time, and France 2023.”
Brown said: “It is a real privilege to be asked to formally join World Rugby in its aims to engage and inspire the world through the Rugby World Cup tournament. England 2015 and the RFU worked hand in hand with World Rugby to stage and host a very successful event, and I am keen to draw on the learnings from 2015 to ensure that future World Cups provide the best possible stage for unions, players and ultimately the game to shine.”
Tew added: “Rugby World Cup is rugby’s pinnacle tournament and I am honoured to be part of the team. It’s important that we build on the success of the record-breaking event in 2015, and continue to showcase the best of both the men’s and women’s game to new audiences worldwide.”