- World Cup winner Jason Leonard OBE looks ahead to RFU Presidency
- Chief Executive Ian Ritchie outlined increased RFU investment in the game
Rugby World Cup 2003 winner Jason Leonard OBE was today elected RFU President at the RFU's Annual General Meeting (AGM).
Looking ahead to his term in office, the incoming President said: “It seems absolutely right and fitting that this year my theme as President will be the legacy we will achieve from Rugby World Cup 2015.
“Rugby really is a game for everyone, no matter what shape or size, or where they come from, which is why initiatives like All Schools are critical to give as many young people as possible, the chance to enjoy all the game has to offer.
“All Schools is just one of our major legacy programmes and it’s also been really good to get out to the clubs and see the difference we are making to their clubhouses, pitches, floodlights and, through these improvements, the benefits to their own communities.”
RFU Chief Executive Ian Ritchie also presented his report for the 2014/15 season and told Council members that this was an exciting year to be reporting on.
“The whole thrust of our campaign lies in encouraging as many people as possible to embrace our sport – to know that rugby is for them. And I am sure this Rugby World Cup will have provided a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do that.
“This has been another strong year and we have increased our investment in both professional and development rugby, with the total up four per cent from 2013/14 to around £76m.”
Elected officials and appointments
Elected by the AGM for one-year terms were:
- Jason Leonard OBE – President
- Peter Baines – Senior Vice President
- John Spencer – Junior Vice President
Appointments for one-year terms made by the RFU Council to take effect from the AGM:
- John Spencer – RFU Representative to World Rugby
- Jonathan Dance – Past President.
And for a three-year term:
- Bill Beaumont CBE DL – Chairman Board of Directors and World Rugby Representative