Steve Brown and Steve Tew have been appointed to the board of Rugby World Cup Ltd (RWC Ltd), a subsidiary of the global governing body for rugby union and sevens, World Rugby.
Brown is currently the chief executive of the Rugby Football Union (RFU), the governing body for rugby union in England, while Tew serves in the same role at New Zealand Rugby (NZR).
World Rugby said the pair, who have presided over the delivery of the last two Rugby World Cups, will add a “wealth of hosting and rugby administration experience” to the board ahead of the 2019 tournament in Japan, which will be the first to be staged in Asia.
They will officially take up their new positions in May.
Brown, who replaced Ian Ritchie as RFU chief executive last year, served as managing director of England Rugby 2015, the organisation responsible for the country’s hosting of the 2015 World Cup.
Tew has been chief executive of NZR since 2007, and oversaw the country’s successful hosting of the 2011 World Cup.
Bill Beaumont, chairman of World Rugby, and of RWC Ltd, said: “Both have exceptionally strong track records delivering world class tournaments that set new standards for the sport of rugby. Their combined wealth of experience and expert knowledge will be invaluable as we look ahead to Japan 2019, a ground-breaking tournament that will bring Rugby World Cup to Asia for the first time, and France 2023.”
Tew added: “Rugby World Cup is rugby’s pinnacle tournament and I am honoured to be part of the team. It’s important that we build on the success of the record-breaking event in 2015, and continue to showcase the best of both the men’s and women’s game to new audiences worldwide.”
Brown said: “It is a real privilege to be asked to formally join [the RWC board] in its aims to engage and inspire the world through the Rugby World Cup tournament. I am keen to draw on the learnings from 2015 to ensure that future World Cups are successful.”