England's RFU names new chairperson

2016-10-14 16:49
Andy Cosslett

Cape Town - Andy Cosslett has been elected chairperson of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) Board following an RFU Council meeting on Friday.

He will take up the position with immediate effect replacing Bill Beaumont who became chairperson of World Rugby earlier this year.

Cosslett previously held an Independent Non-Executive Director role on the RFU Board and oversaw the delivery of the biggest Rugby World Cup in history as chairperson of England Rugby 2015.

The 61-year-old has a lifelong association with the game and played the sport for 25 years. He is currently Vice President of Weybridge Vandals.

His 30 year global business experience has seen him hold CEO roles at Fitness First and InterContinental Hotels Group. He also spent 14 years with Cadbury Schweppes in a variety of senior roles around the world.

Cosslett said: "I am delighted to be appointed Chair of the RFU Board. It is a privilege to be involved with this game that has given me so much throughout my life.

"My role is to make sure we have strong governance in the Union and ensure that we make the most of all the resources we have at our disposal in this country for the good of the game."

Today the Council also approved proposals for a new women’s domestic club competition, backed and run by the RFU, which will replace the existing Women’s Premiership from next season.

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