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Welsh Rugby Union appoints Josh Lewsey head

The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has appointed former Rugby World Cup and Heineken Cup winner Josh Lewsey as its head.

Lewsey has been the acting chief executive of the Cornish Pirates in a temporary role he took on earlier this year. He will join the WRU at the end of September to manage operations and strategies of Welsh rugby from community to elite level outside the senior international squad.

The 36-year-old was previously a management consultant working for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and then led an operational and systems review while on the trading floor at Citibank. He is also one of the founding directors of the Foundation for Leadership Through Sport, which works with governing bodies, businesses, sports clubs and academics to galvanise the focus on high performance and leadership through sport.

WRU group chief executive Roger Lewis said: “We are delighted to have been able to secure someone of the calibre of Josh as our new head of rugby. He is passionate about the game and undoubtedly has the experience and determination to make a huge and positive difference for Welsh rugby.”