World Rugby chief executive will QUIT in January to take up NFL role

World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper – who staged the first World Cup in Asia and brought sevens back into the Olympics – will QUIT in January after nine years in charge to take up high-ranking role with the NFL

  • Brett Gosper will stand down as chief executive of World Rugby next month
  • In Gosper’s nine-year reign, he delivered a first World Cup staged in Asia
  • Alan Gilpin will step in as interim CEO until Gosper’s replacement is appointed

World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper is to step down in January when he will take up a new role as head of the NFL in Europe and the UK.

Gosper’s nine-year spell as CEO of the sport’s global governing body has seen sevens reintroduced into the Olympics and the delivery of the first World Cup staged in Asia – Japan 2019.

Chief operating officer Alan Gilpin will perform the role of interim CEO until Gosper’s replacement is appointed.

Brett Gosper (pictured right with Prince Harry) will step down as World Rugby chief executive

Gosper, who has been charge for nine years, will take up new role with the NFL in January

During his reign he staged first World Cup in Asia with South Africa winning in Japan last year

‘It’s been a fantastic nine years. It has been an absolute privilege to have worked with so many talented and dedicated rugby people around the world,’ Gosper said.

‘Rugby is a wonderful sport and World Rugby is a fantastic organisation, and therefore it was a very difficult decision to leave.

‘But with a new ambitious strategic plan set to launch and the strong foundations in place to drive the sport forward beyond the pandemic, the time is right for me to begin a new challenge.

‘I am proud of what we have achieved together as a rugby family. While I will miss working in the sport, my passion and enthusiasm for what rugby and its values mean to so many will never diminish.’ 

NFL teams Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars pictured playing at Wembley last year

Alan Gilpin will perform the role of interim CEO until Gosper’s replacement is appointed


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