Mario Ledesma, member of the new World Rugby High Performance Committee

World Rugby announced the creation of different interim committees that broaden the representation of players, coaches, countries, independents and women. Among them, the relationship with the International Rugby Players ensures that player issues are at the center of the agenda of all Committees. On the other hand, there will be Counselors represented on the Committees; three of them chaired by women. Meanwhile, Brian O’Driscoll and Melodie Robinson join the Rugby World Cup Council and Rassie Erasmus, Eddie Jones, Mario Ledesma, Gregor Townsend, Lesley McKenzie and Fabien Galthié are among the coaches who they will join the new High Performance Rugby Committee.

The Interim Committees will initially last one year pending the completion of the independent governance review.

From a constructive agreement between the international federation and the International Rugby Players (IRP)Each of the twelve Committees will have representation of players, nominated by the IRP. With the central objective of contributing to the decision-making process, the player representatives will combine extensive experience in rugby, including television broadcasting, social media, welfare and safety, medical, commercial, legal and business.

He World Rugby President Sir Bill Beaumont promised to carry out a transformative governance reform implemented in 2015, with greater representation, efficiency and effectiveness, so that each Committee will have a broader representation of countries, women and independent, with more than 30% of the members of each Committee women and three of the committees chaired by women members of the Council.

The Interim Committees met for the first time in the last two weeks for presentations, updates and to get started on World Rugby decision-making processes.


In response to the strong growth in number of participants, supporters and business aspects in the 127 national unions, the Rugby Committee, who presides over the development of sport on the field of play, expands to three specialized Committees – High Performance, Sevens Strategy and Community Rugby – with the participation of renowned players and coaches.

Rassie Erasmus and Steve Hansen join Eddie Jones, Fabien Galthié, Mario Ledesma, Gregor Townsend, Lesley McKenzie, and David Nucifora as coaching representatives on the new 15s High Performance Committee. World champions Bryan Habana, Conrad Smith and Rachel Burford, together with Dr. Jamie Roberts (Wales) and the Canadian Dr. Araba Chintoh, were appointed as representatives of the players in this Committee, the latter with medical experience.

With exponential growth in emerging women’s rugby and rugby sevens nations, the restructuring will allow World Rugby to focus on specific strategies to support the sport from the early stages.

He SA Rugby Rassie Erasmus Director of Rugby He said: “It is truly a privilege to be involved at such a level with influential figures. The Committee fulfills an important strategic function, with an impact and influence on key aspects such as shaping the laws of the game, player welfare, and global competition issues. I look forward to working with the members of the Committee, continuing to influence and improve the competitiveness of international rugby. ”

England coach Eddie Jones added: “I am pleased to join the World Rugby High Performance Committee. I love rugby and I think it’s important to give it back to the game; I want to help their growth. I look forward to working alongside other coaches and players on this Committee, sharing knowledge and ideas and helping to improve rugby. “

Appointments to all Committees include former Irish Captain Brian O’Driscoll, today working on television, and the two-time world champion, journalist and presenter Melodie robinson, who join the Rugby World Cup Council; for her part, the English Deborah Griffin, the independent expert in spectator relations Angela Ruggiero and the former doctor of the All Blacks and the Black Ferns Deb robinson They will chair the Committees.

International Rugby Players CEO Omar Hassanein He said: “The players we suggest to the RWC Council and Committees will help World Rugby make the right decisions for rugby on a consistent basis. They all possess the unique combination of business savvy and practical rugby, something essential to bring to the table. From an International Rugby Players perspective, we are pleased that World Rugby has recognized this value, with the appointments being one aspect of the great commitment to putting players at the center of the scene. ”

Melodie robinson He added: “I am happy to represent the International Rugby Players on the Council of Rugby World Cup Limited alongside Brian O’Driscoll, and I am optimistic that representing the interests of the players at the decision table will have a positive effect on teams and players. . “

“While an important decision is looming regarding the upcoming venues for the Men’s and Women’s Rugby World Cups, I am personally happy that there is also a focus on television rights and the marketing of the Women’s Rugby World Cup. Shape it to attract more players, new supporters and big sponsors that have a positive effect on all women’s competitions. ”


The Committees will work to face the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing advances in player welfare and safety, harmonizing international competitions and schedules for the benefit of all, making rugby simpler, more enjoyable and accessible.

Beaumont said: “These Interim Committees will play an important role during this pivotal and important time for our sport. Increasing the number of players, coaches, independents and people with specific skills ensures a wide range of experience and reflects the diversity and values ​​of rugby. As we look towards Rugby World Cup 2021 and Rugby World Cup 2023, in addition to rugby’s bicentennial in 2023, the new Committees will play a significant role in the growth and development of our sport, ensuring that we achieve our goals. ”

The Committees have been confirmed for an initial period of one year to allow the independent organizational review to be completed and the results adopted. They reflect World Rugby’s continuing drive to ensure that decision-making structures are in line with a growing and global sport, with the central goal of a simple, accessible, engaging and safe game.

The governance review, led by the Chairman of the British Olympic Committee and former Minister for Sports and Olympism, Sir Hugh Robertson, is expected to be presented in November.

Audit and Risk Committee
Deborah Griffin (President)
Khaled babbou
Mark Dodson
Brett gosper
Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Pip marlow
Philip Orr
Marcelo rodriguez
Jurie Roux
Susanna vecchi

Professional Rugby Commission
Bill Beaumont (President)
Bernard Laporte
Philip browne
Mark Dodson
Alfredo Gavazzi
Brett gosper
Bill sweeney
Omar hassanein
Sol Iglesias
Kensuke Iwabuchi
John o’connor
Martyn phillips
Mark Robinson
Jurie Roux
Rugby Australia – TBC

Regional Commission
Dennis Dwyer (President)
Khaled babbou
Rolande Boro
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Brett gosper
Terence khoo
Ada Milby
Octavian Morariu
Veronika Muehlhofer
Sebastian Pineyrua
Richard Sapias
Cathy Wong

Regulations Commission
Bob Latham (President)
Mark Alexander
Fernando de Posadas
Brett gosper
Brigitte jugla
Octavian Morariu
Julie Paterson
David quinlan
Mark Robinson
Nino Sacca
Bill sweeney
Lesley thomson

Community Rugby Commission
Bernard Laporte (Chair)
Rolande Boro
Robert Butcher
Brett gosper
Ada Milby
John O’Driscoll
Pat parfrey
Alin petrache
Brett robinson
Deb robinson
Jonathan Webb

Anti-Doping Advisory Commission
Deb Robinson (Chair)
Catherine Coley
Felipe Contepomi
Daniel Eichner
David gerard
Brett gosper
Audrey kinahan
Graeme mew
Margo mountjoy
Clint readhead
Athlete Representative to be confirmed by IRP

Finance Commission
Jurie Roux (President)
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Alfredo Gavazzi
Hamish McLennan
Veronika Muehlhofer

Women’s Rugby Advisory Commission
Serge Simon (President)
Emilie bydwell
Susan carty
Vanessa Double
Brett gosper
Sene Naoupu
George Nijaradze
Sebastian pineyrua
Fernando Rizzi
Naoko saiki
Cathy Wong

High Performance Rugby Commission
Bernard Laporte (Chair)
Jamie Roberts
Rachael burford
Araba Chintoh
Rassie Erasmus
Brett gosper
Fabien Galthié
Bryan havana
Steve Hansen
Eddie jones
Mario Ledesma
Lesley McKenzie
David nucifora
Conrad smith
Gregor Townsend

Seven Strategy Group
John Jeffrey (Chair)
Josh blackie
Bart campbell
Mike friday
Sharron flahive
Brett gosper
Sol Iglesias
Kensuke Iwabuchi
Octavian Morariu
Simon Raiwalui
Jurie Roux
Simon Massie-Taylor
Current Coach (North / South)
Current HP Manager (North / South)

Group Members

Christopher Quinlan QC (President)

Bill Beaumont (President)