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Players, female leaders and greater global representation on interim World Rugby committees

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Rassie Erasmus, Melodie Robinson, Conrad Smith and Bryan Habana are among a host of leading players and coaches who have been appointed to World Rugby interim committees.

  • Interim committees broaden player, coach, nation, independent and female representation
  • Partnership with International Rugby Players will ensure that player matters are at the heart of every committee agenda
  • All female Council members represented on committees with three committees chaired by women
  • Brian O’Driscoll and Melodie Robinson join the Rugby World Cup Board
  • Rassie Erasmus, Eddie Jones, Mario Ledesma, Gregor Townsend, Lesley McKenzie and Fabien Galthié among coaches joining new High Performance Rugby Committee
  • Interim committees to initially serve for one year pending the completion of an independent governance review

Rassie Erasmus, Melodie Robinson, Conrad Smith and Bryan Habana are among a host of leading players and coaches who have been appointed to World Rugby interim committees.

Building on a productive agreement between the international federation and International Rugby Players (IRP), each of the 12 committees will feature player representation nominated by IRP. With the core objective of contributing to the decision-making process, the player representatives will combine extensive rugby experience with relevant expertise, including broadcast, digital media, welfare, medical, commercial and legal business backgrounds.

With World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont committed to building on transformational governance reform implemented in 2015 to further representation, efficiency and effectiveness, every committee features broader nation, female and independent representation with 30 per cent of all committee members women and three committees chaired by female Council members. 

The interim committees met for the first time earlier this month for inductions, updates and to start the business of guiding World Rugby’s decision-making process.

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