International Rugby Players (IRP) has made 14 appointments to different boards and committees, aimed at giving players a greater voice in the professional game.
The appointments, to new World Rugby decision-making groups, has been welcomed as a step in the right direction for the global game.
Players were appointed by the global representative body with the view to combining direct rugby experience with various areas of expertise.
Among the player appointments, backgrounds exist in legal, medical, high performance, broadcast, digital media and other areas – all set to benefit World Rugby’s decision-making process on a number of levels.
Dragons, Wales and British & Irish Lion Jamie Roberts has been appointed to the High Performance Rugby Committee, alongside Conrad Smith, Bryan Habana, Rachael Burford and Dr. Araba Chintoh.
IRP Chief Executive Omar Hassanein said: “The players we’ve put forward for the board of Rugby World Cup Ltd., and the various committees will better equip World Rugby to make the right decisions for the game on a consistent basis. They each possess a unique combination of business and practical rugby understanding which all stakeholders are starting to recognise as essential to have at the table.
“From an International Rugby Players perspective, we are pleased that World Rugby has recognised and acknowledged this value, with these committee appointments forming one aspect of a greater commitment to putting players at the centre of the game’’
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