David Pickering has been elected on to the Rugby World Cup Limited Board .
The International Rugby Board Executive Committee, acting in its role as the IRB Trust, has appointed the members of the Rugby World Cup Limited Board who will serve a four-year term to be effective from May 15, 2012.
Joining IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset, IRB Vice Chairman Oregan Hoskins and acting IRB Chief Executive Robert Brophy on the Board are John O'Neill (Australia) and David Pickering (Wales). The appointments were unopposed.
Former IRB Chairman Dr Syd Millar did not seek re-appointment, having previously advised that the current term would be his last following many years of outstanding service on the Board, including overseeing the delivery of a record-breaking RWC 2007 in France during his IRB and RWCL Chairmanship.
Bill Beaumont did not seek re-appointment given the potential conflict of interest with England's hosting of Rugby World Cup 2015 should he be elected Chairman of the Rugby Football Union.
Both Millar and Beaumont expressed their full support of the new Board and underscored the collaborative commitment of the Rugby World Cup Limited Board, the England Rugby 2015 Organising Committee and the RFU to hosting a successful and biggest-ever Rugby World Cup in 2015 that is anticipated to deliver significant benefits for the Game on and off the field in England, Europe and globally.
The Board will preside over the delivery of Rugby World Cup 2015 in England, a groundbreaking Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in Russia, Women's Rugby World Cup 2014 in France and ongoing preparations to host Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan during their four-year mandate.
Lapasset and the entire EXCO Board paid tribute to the outgoing members of the Board and reaffirmed the importance of the next four years in driving forward the Rugby World Cup brand for the benefit of the global Rugby family.
"I would like to thank Dr Syd Millar and Bill Beaumont for their exceptional contribution to the Board and their tireless dedication to strengthening the Rugby World Cup brand, stature, profile and profitability for the benefit of the World Game," said Lapasset.
"There is no doubt that their vision, passion, dedication, expertise and leadership was instrumental in the delivery of a massively successful Rugby World Cup in New Zealand on all fronts. Bill, of course, will continue to contribute his considerable expertise and experience to all IRB matters in his capacity as an RFU representative on the IRB Council and as an elected member of the IRB Executive Committee."
"These are exciting times for Rugby and Rugby World Cup properties continue to go from strength to strength. I would like to welcome David Pickering and John O'Neill to the Rugby World Cup Limited Board as we look to further the profile and stature of all Rugby World Cup properties over the next four years and beyond as we look forward to a first Rugby World Cup in Asia."
In their meeting, EXCO also received an update and presentation from leading executive search company Odgers Berndtson, who have been appointed as advisors to the IRB Chief Executive recruitment process.
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
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The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.