Jevans reveals Rugby World Cup aim

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Debbie Jevans aims to deliver an 'exceptional' Rugby World Cup
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Debbie Jevans aims to deliver an 'exceptional' Rugby World Cup

Debbie Jevans, the director of sport for the London 2012 organising committee, has been appointed as the new chief executive of England Rugby 2015.

Jevans starts her new post in October and she will replace Paul Vaughan, who officially stood down from the Rugby World Cup delivery body by "mutual consent". However ER 2015 chairman Andy Cosslett made it clear the board felt the time was right for a "fresh injection of experience to take us up to the next level".

Jevans will certainly bring that, having played a key role for LOCOG in delivering the London Olympic and Paralympic Games with such great success. "I have spent the last decade planning and delivering the world's two largest sporting events," Jevans said.

"This has been an extraordinary journey and I am looking forward to putting my experience and expertise into delivering an exceptional Rugby World Cup in 2015."

The World Cup fixture schedule is yet to be confirmed, with the pool draw for the World Cup will take place in London on December 3. But the organisers anticipate staging matches at some of the biggest stadia in the country, including Wembley Stadium, Old Trafford and potentially the new Olympic Stadium.

That falls under Jevans' umbrella of experience, having been responsible during the London 2012 bid and delivery projects for venue strategy and for staging the sports.

Bernard Lapasset, chairman of Rugby World Cup Ltd and the International Rugby Board, said: "The successful delivery of one of the world's largest sporting events is founded on a clear vision, partnership, teamwork and strong leadership.

"As a driving force behind the exceptional London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Debbie certainly possesses all the necessary attributes to drive the delivery of what promises to be a special tournament.

"We are looking forward to continuing to work in partnership with ER 2015 chairman Andy Cosslett, Debbie and the ER 2015 and RFU teams to drive forward key operational objectives.

"These include venue selection, the match schedule and ticketing programme development which will all set a strong base for an outstanding Rugby World Cup in 2015 of which England and the global rugby family will be proud."

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