The former player and captain of the Australian team, Phil Kearns, will be executive director in the bid that the oceanic country will have for organizing RWC 2027. It will be a link between the advisory council that will receive the offers of the World Cup and the member unions of World Rugby as the organization progresses with plans for the momentous tournament. Starting September 7, Kearns will respond to Rugby Australia Chairman Hamish McLennan and Advisory Board Chairman Sir Rod Eddington.
Kearns, who won two World Cups as a player and has had a successful corporate career with roles as CEO, CEO and Director of various organizations, received all praise from Australian Union President McLennan, who assured that he will meet a vital role in Australia’s work to develop the 2027 organizing plan.
“Phil has an impeccable international reputation both in the corporate sector and with his network of contacts around the world of rugby,” McLennan told the official Rugby Australia website, adding that “he will be at the forefront and center of the team in the Rugby World Cup bid and will lead our international relations to put Rugby Australia in the strongest possible position to earn the right to host the masterpiece in 2027.
“As part of his role, Phil will spend time abroad to be a key contact with World Rugby member unions, to showcase our offer and highlight why we would be a great host in 2027,” concluded the Australian CEO.
Kearns looks forward to the opportunity to help the organization win the rights to organize the tournament and stated that “I am very proud to accept the role and I want to thank Hamish and Sir Rod for their consideration as we prepare to compete and organize the World Cup of Rugby in Australia in 2027 “.
“I know what it takes to win a World Cup on the field with the Wallabies and now I am hugely excited to work to earn the right to host a World Cup here in Australia. If we did, it would transform the game in this country. The financial gain it would bring would benefit the Australian economy as it rebuilds from the impact of COVID-19 and then give us an opportunity to invest again in the foundations of the game. “