Brett Gosper to leave World Rugby to join NFL Europe and UK
World Rugby can confirm that Chief Executive Brett Gosper is to leave the international federation early in 2021 to become the head of NFL in Europe and the UK.
In nine years at the helm of World Rugby, Gosper has overseen transformational change of the international federation, strengthening the business and its financial outcomes, overseeing record participation and audience growth, ensuring rugby sevens’ heralded return to the Olympic stage and delivering game-changing men’s and women’s Rugby World Cups that yielded record fan-engagement, broadcast, sponsorship and financial outcomes.
“It’s been a fantastic nine years, and it has been an absolute privilege to have worked with so many talented and dedicated rugby people around the world. I’ve been supported by two excellent chairmen in Sir Bill Beaumont and Bernard Lapasset along the way, excellent committees, and a brilliant team at World Rugby”, noted Brett Gosper.
“I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to rugby’s growth and success during my time at World Rugby and in particular Bill Beaumont for his support, vision and leadership over the last four years”, added Brett Gosper.
Chief Operating Officer Alan Gilpin will perform the role of World Rugby interim Chief Executive, ensuring business continuity between Gosper’s departure in January and the appointment of a new Chief Executive.