Former All Blacks centre Mark Robinson has been appointed as CEO of New Zealand Rugby.
Robinson – whose appointment makes him the first All Black to hold the governing body’s top job – will take office in January 2020 when his predecessor Steve Tew vacates the position.
The ex-centre will work closely with outgoing Tew at the upcoming World Cup in Japan.
The 45-year-old played nine Tests for New Zealand from 2000 to 2002 in an international career plagued by injury. He also won two Super Rugby titles with the Crusaders before cutting short his professional career to study philosophy and political science at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.
‘I have really enjoyed my roles on the NZR board and at World Rugby but I am truly excited by what this opportunity offers,’ Robinson said.
‘I have a clear vision to continue to grow the great work already established under Steve’s watch and recognise the significant responsibility we have in ensuring our game continues to flourish at all levels.
‘With 160 staff based around the country, world-leading teams and competitions that traverse the entire calendar, I am humbled that the board believe I can help add to our legacy.
‘There are exciting challenges ahead for rugby, and I look forward to working with the entire team at New Zealand Rugby, to keep the organisation at the front of hearts and minds of New Zealanders and the All Blacks team fans all over the world.’
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