Dublin – Ireland, Sept 5, 2012: Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) welcomes the appointment of Debbie Jevans by the England Rugby 2015 (ER 2015) Board as Chief Executive of the organising body responsible for the delivery of Rugby World Cup 2015. Jevans succeeds Paul Vaughan, who has stepped down having guided the early stages of hosting preparation for Rugby’s showcase event since ER 2015’s establishment in December 2010.
As Director of Sport for the London 2012 Organising Committee, Jevans has been an instrumental figure in the delivery of the hugely successful Olympic and Paralympic Games that have captivated a nation and captured hearts and minds around the world. RWCL Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “Rugby World Cup Limited welcomes Debbie Jevans’ appointment as Chief Executive of ER 2015.”
“The successful delivery of one of the world’s largest sporting events is founded on a clear vision, partnership, teamwork and strong leadership. As a driving force behind the exceptional London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Debbie certainly possesses all the necessary attributes to drive the delivery of what promises to be a special tournament.”
“We are looking forward to continuing to work in partnership with ER 2015 Chairman Andy Cosslett, Debbie and the ER 2015 and RFU teams to drive forward key operational objectives. These include venue selection, the match schedule and ticketing programme development which will all set a strong base for an outstanding Rugby World Cup in 2015 of which England and the global Rugby family will be proud.”
“On behalf of RWCL and the IRB I would like to thank Paul Vaughan for his strong contribution to developing the early foundations for the delivery of Rugby World Cup 2015 in England and I wish him all the very best,” added Lapasset.
With a little over three years to go until England hosts a Rugby World Cup for the second time, a number of key milestones have been achieved in 2012, including setting the tournament dates and detailed venue assessments undertaken. The year will culminate in the Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool Allocation Draw in London on December 3.
Rugby World Cup Limited Statement
Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) and the International Rugby Board have expressed their gratitude to Paul Vaughan after England Rugby 2015 today confirmed that he had stepped down from his post as Chief Executive of the England 2015 organising body.
RWCL Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “On behalf of RWCL and the IRB I would like to thank Paul Vaughan for his strong contribution to developing the early foundations for the successful delivery of Rugby World Cup 2015 in England.”
“Paul leaves with tournament preparations on schedule and advancing well. RWCL continues to enjoy a strong working partnership with England Rugby 2015 and the RFU and we look forward to working with all stakeholders to deliver an exceptional tournament of which England and the global Rugby family will be proud.”
England Rugby 2015 has confirmed that a new Chief Executive will be appointed shortly. —- IRB