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Cosslett handed World Cup role
ESPNscrum Staff
March 22, 2012
Andrew Cosslett takes over from Martyn Thomas on a full-time basis © Getty Images
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The Rugby Football Union have appointed Andrew Cosslett as chairman of England Rugby 2015.

Cosslett, the former chief executive of InterContinental Hotels Group plc, has held the post on an interim basis since Martyn Thomas stood down in December. England Rugby 2015 is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the RFU, set up as the body to deliver the Rugby World Cup in 2015.

Cosslett will take up his full-time role in April and will lead the England Rugby 2015 board along with chief executive Paul Vaughan. Cosslett said: "I am passionate about the game and delighted to be able to play my part in delivering Rugby World Cup 2015.

"England 2015 is a great challenge but a tremendous opportunity and I look forward to working with Paul Vaughan, England Rugby 2015, the Rugby Football Union and Rugby World Cup Limited to deliver what we intend to be the best Rugby World Cup yet."

Cosslett spent the last six years as chief executive of InterContinental Hotels Group. He was also a board member of the executive committee of the World Travel and Tourism Council, a member of the president's committee of the Confederation of British Industry and a board member of the International Tourism Partnership.

Before that, Cosslett spent 14 years in senior management roles with Cadbury Schweppes. Vaughan said: "I am sure Andy Cosslett will make a great chairman for England Rugby 2015.

"The international business and marketing skills that he brings to the board will continue to be invaluable in his new role as chairman. He has great empathy with the game and I think we will make a great team."

The ER 2015 board also comprises: RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie, RFU chief financial officer Stephen Brown, Professional Game Board chairman Ian Metcalfe, Injured Players Foundation chairman and former RFU president John Owen, RFU council member and chairman of the Championship Clubs Geoff Irvine and permanent secretary in the cabinet office and the Government's chief operating officer Ian Watmore.

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