World Rugby appoints Steve Brown and Steve Tew onto RWC Board

World Rugby appoints Steve Brown and Steve Tew onto RWC Board
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 17: Rugby Football Union Chief Executive Officer Steve Brown speaks to the media after announcing the contract extension of Eddie Jones, Head Coach of England through to 2021 at Twickenham Stadium on January 17, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan - RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)

World Rugby Council members Steve Brown and Steve Tew have been appointed to the (Rugby World Cup Limited) RWC Board, by the international federation’s Executive Committee.

They will take up their positions in May, and join the RWC board with a wealth of hosting and rugby administration experience.

Steve Brown (see main picture), the Chief Executive of the Rugby Football Union (England Rugby) was instrumental in the success of Rugby World Cup 2015. As managing director of England Rugby 2015, Brown was at the heart of the planning and implementation of the biggest World Cup [to date].

New Zealand Rugby CEO, Steve Tew was at the heart of a Rugby World Cup in 2011. His role in successfully driving a world class event that paired to the values and ideals of the sport, made the New Zealand RWC one of the most memorable.

World Rugby appoint Steve Brown and Steve Tew onto RWC Board

They join World Rugby head Bill Beaumont (Chairman), Agustn Pichot (Vice-Chairman), Gareth Davies (Wales), Mike Hawker (Independent) and Brett Gosper (Chief Executive) on the RWC board that presides over all Rugby World Cup matters. Leading up to the 2019 event, much of the planning has already been implemented.

Brown and Tew arrive at a time when France have already been announced as the 2023 RWC host. Both men can now view the Japan event, and then look ahead to France 2023.

The 2019 edition in Japan is driving record participation growth within the world’s most populous region. Whereas 2023 in France promises to deliver record financial outcomes, that will allow further reach of the sport in new and emerging rugby markets over the next decade.

RWC Board appointments bring Expert Knowledge and Experience

World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: “We are delighted that both Steve Brown and Steve Tew are joining the Rugby World Cup Board. Both 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.”

Steve Tew, NZRU CEO and Richie McCaw of the All Blacks pose with the Webb Ellis Cup after the 2011 IRB Rugby World Cup Final match between France and New Zealand at Eden Park on October 23, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

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.”

Brown said: “It is a real privilege to be asked to formally join [the RWC board] in its aims to engage and inspire the world through the Rugby World Cup tournament. I am keen to draw on the learnings from 2015 to ensure that future World Cups are successful.”


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