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World Rugby statement: Gill Whitehead appointed for World Cup 2025

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Gill Whitehead has been appointed independent chair of the Rugby World Cup 2025 board of directors, marking a major milestone in tournament planning. A joint venture between World Rugby and the RFU, with funding from the UK Government, Rugby World Cup 2025 will usher in a new era as the first Rugby World Cup to be delivered under World Rugby’s new hosting model.

A statement read: “Gill Whitehead will bring an impressive wealth of leadership and executive board experience in the media and technology sectors with the likes of Google, the BBC and Channel 4 and considerable non-executive experience spanning FTSE 100 companies and the British Olympic Association.

“As independent chair, Whitehead will preside over a board structure that comprises World Rugby, RFU and UK Government nominated representatives and a further skills-based independent director. The board composition will be announced in due course.

“The new board structure will enable all stakeholders to maximise key objectives that will underpin a clear vision for the tournament to be the biggest and best women’s rugby event ever, elevating women in rugby on a global basis, delivering a lasting legacy, championing sustainability and delivering an exceptional fan experience.

“With a passion for women’s sport and in particular women’s rugby, Whitehead played rugby to a representative level and can be found on the touchline of Beaconsfield RFC, where she has been involved in youth rugby at the club as an RFU level two coach.


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