North American Representation in World Rugby Continues: Bob Latham to Newly Expanded Executive Committee

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USA Rugby Chairman of the Board Bob Latham reelected to World Rugby Executive Committee
For Immediate Release
Submitted by USA Rugby
May 18, 2016

LAFAYETTE, CO– On the heels of announcing that the United States has been awarded a seat on their expanded Council, World Rugby has again granted North American rugby a position of high importance: continuing Bob Latham’s service on the expanded World Rugby Executive Committee.

A new governance model was introduced by World Rugby in 2015, a change that will see the composition and remit of World Rugby’s Executive Committee extended to deliver an even more modern, dynamic and streamlined governance structure. It will also ensure the Executive Committee benefits from an independent voice through the addition of experienced and highly-skilled independent directors.

Scruffy Bob Latham

Latham currently sits as Chairman of the Board of USA Rugby and representative from Rugby Americas North to the World Rugby Council. His reelection to the 12-person Executive Committee, on which he has served since 2011, is for a term of four years

I am honored and excited to serve on the World Rugby EXCO for another four years, especially with such accomplished and committed colleagues,” said Latham. “It promises to be an eventful time in global rugby and the breadth of experience and perspectives represented on EXCO will serve the global game well.

Latham is joined on the Executive Committee by World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont (England), Vice-Chairman Agustin Pichot (Argentina), Chief Executive Brett Gosper, John Jeffrey (Scotland), Brett Robinson (Australia), Pierre Camou (France) Mark Robinson (New Zealand), Pat Whelan (Ireland) and Oregan Hoskins (South Africa).

Wendy Luhabe and Mervyn Davies
Wendy Luhabe and Mervyn Davies

World Rugby has also added two new independent directors, Wendy Luhabe and Mervyn Davies, onto its Executive Committee.

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Established in 1975, USA Rugby is the governing body for the sport of rugby in America and a Full Sport Member of the United States Olympic Committee. Currently headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, USA Rugby is charged with developing the game on all levels and has more than 100,000 active members, with more than 35,000 playing collegiate rugby and 35,000 playing senior club rugby. USA Rugby oversees four national teams, multiple collegiate and high school All-American sides, and an emerging Olympic development pathway for elite athletes. It also hosts more than 30 national playoff and championship events each year as a service to its members. In October 2009, the International Olympic Committee announced Rugby Sevens (the seven-a-side version of the game) will appear in the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro. Visit for more information.

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