IRB chief Miller to step down
January 20, 2012
Mike Miller will leave his role with the IRB at the end of January © Getty Images
Mike Miller, the chief executive of the International Rugby Board (IRB) and managing director of Rugby World Cup Ltd, will step down from both roles at the end of January.
Miller joined the IRB in 2002, having made his name in newspapers, radio and television. During his tenure he oversaw the staging of three Rugby World Cups and the anointing of Sevens as an Olympic sport.
Following discussions with IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset, who was recently re-elected to the position, Miller has drawn a line under his time with the governing body.
"It's been a fantastic 10 years," he said. "It was an honour and a privilege to have been welcomed into the rugby family and to have worked with so many dedicated and talented rugby people around the world.
"I have been lucky to have had three excellent chairmen in Vernon Pugh, Syd Millar and Bernard Lapasset and a brilliant staff at the IRB.
"We have achieved a lot in the last decade. Rugby is in a great place as it looks forward to Rugby World Cups in England and Japan, Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow, Women's Rugby World Cup in France and the Olympics in Rio in 2016.
"The game has grown around the world and with its major events going to Asia and eastern Europe for the first time the platform has been established for rugby to become a truly global sport."
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