Rugby

O'Neill quits RWC post

2014-02-25 07:46
John O'Neill (File)

Sydney - Australian John O'Neill has quit as director of the 2015 Rugby World Cup citing personal reasons, the International Rugby Board (IRB) said on Tuesday.

O'Neill, a former chief of the Australian Rugby Union as well as the Football Federation Australia, confirmed his departure was effective immediately.

He held the role since March 2012 and IRB chairperson  Bernard Lapasset said in a statement he "reluctantly accepted" the resignation.

"The board would like to thank John for his exceptional contribution and his tireless dedication to strengthening the Rugby World Cup brand, profile and profitability for the benefit of the global game," he said, without going into the reason for the Australian quitting.

O'Neill wished the organisation success for next year's showpiece in England and the 2019 World Cup in Japan, with the IRB's executive committee meeting in March set to discuss a new appointment.

O'Neill's resignation came on the same day Michael O'Connor quit as coach of Australia's Rugby Sevens team, citing family reasons.

Read more on:    irb  |  john o'neill  |  rugby
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
Vote

After 4 rounds of this year's Absa Currie Cup, who's your favourite for the title?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.