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Who are we?

World Rugby is the international sports federation for rugby. As the global governing body, World Rugby is responsible for delivering on the mission of growing the global rugby family.

The organisation has responsibility for the management of several global rugby tournaments including Rugby World Cup, Women’s Rugby World Cup, men’s and women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens, men’s and women’s Sevens World Series and the U20 World Championship and Trophy.

Since the creation in November 2014 of the World Rugby brand (replacing the former International Rugby Board name), the organisation has been evolving from a strategy of “Regulation to Inspiration”.  World Rugby’s ambition is to grow the game by inspiring and engaging new audiences and players around the world, reflecting our mission to build a stronger connection with fans, players and new audiences worldwide. An example of this is the Get Into Rugby programme, which is one of World Rugby’s strategic platforms to increase participation in rugby across the world.

Globally, there are more than 7.2 million players playing rugby on a regular basis, with 120 member unions managing the game and its development in their respective countries.

World Rugby employs almost 150 staff globally, with its headquarters located in Dublin, Ireland. World Rugby has three official languages: English, French and Spanish. Given the international nature of its business and the various activities undertaken by each division, the roles employed by World Rugby operate across a number of departments:

CEO Office

This office is made up of the Chief Executive Officer of World Rugby, who reports to the Chairman and the World Rugby Executive Council. 

Revenue and Fan Engagement

The Revenue and Fan Engagement team is responsible for the development of a rugby brand that excites the current and future fan base, owns the creation and delivery of Content, optimising the digital customer experience, working in partnership with competitions and tournaments hosts to imagine, plan and deliver world class in person fan experiences at World Rugby events. They manage the sponsors and commercial partners harnessing ideas to gain and maintain partnerships to deliver commercial growth whilst also focusing on interfacing collective ideas across World Rugby with Strategy and projects.

Strategy and Communications

The team manage and drive the execution of the World Rugby strategic plan, provide project management resource for prioritised cross functional projects, facilitation and insight into World Rugby's external landscape, customers and business performance whilst managing ESG policy areas. They manage a clear and measurable comms strategy to amplify the organisation's strategic mission of a global sport for all protecting and promoting brand rugby and its stakeholders. 

Player Welfare and Rugby Services

The role of Player Welfare and Rugby Services is to proactively lead and manage the adherence to the technical standards of the game in light of trends and patterns seen through analysis and monitoring of the sport. This is done through the vehicles of training and education, anti-doping management, game analysis and medical research. They also manage the selection and performance management of international match officials

Competitions and High Performance

The team is responsible for managing the selection, planning and delivery of all elements of all World Rugby Sevens and 15s tournaments including women’s and men’s Sevens World Series, strategic investment tournaments, U20 World Championship, Men's/Women’s Rugby World Cup and the delivery of rugby Sevens at the Olympic Games and other multi-sport competitions. They are also responsible for the implementation and monitoring of World Rugby’s annual high performance investment programme. Rugby World Cup is the largest tournament delivered by World Rugby. 

 International Relations and Participation

This team is responsible for the governance structures of World Rugby, which includes the management of player eligibility issues, release and match/tournament approvals, as well as management of relationships with external bodies such as the IOC, ASOIF, SportAccord and other international federations, governments, union and regional associations. The function also leads the Participation/Development  arm of the organisation managing participation development programmes whilst also allocating development grants amongst the unions and regions of the game across six regions globally.

Legal and Legislative Affairs

This team is responsible for legal risk management and the contractual arrangements put in place by and with World Rugby. Additionally, it has the responsibility of protecting the integrity of the game and regulatory authority of the organisation through the design and implementation of world-class legislative and regulatory rules, processes and enforcement.

Finance

Finance supports the entire organisation on all financial management, forecasting, budgetary and investment grant management levels. Finance also manages the group investment portfolio, all aspects of taxation exposure and insurance.

Technology

The department operates as a stand-alone IT service delivery function across tournaments, projects and organisation infrastructure 

Human Resources

This team is responsible for the management of strategic planning and annual organisation priorities in addition to the global Human Resources Management function which supports all World Rugby employees.

Why work for us?

Working at World Rugby is more of a vocation than just a job. A career at World Rugby represents an amazing opportunity to make a difference by contributing to the shape of the game globally. Employees are proud to work for World Rugby and their passion and commitment are unrivalled in their delivery of world-class tournaments which continue to inspire people to get into rugby. 

Rewards and Benefits

To mirror our position as a leading body in the global sports arena, we offer all our employees an attractive and competitive suite of benefits. 
Beyond basic salary discretionary employee benefits include: 

  • Private health insurance
  • Defined contribution pension scheme
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Sports club subsidy
  • Death in service
  • Income protection
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Eye care vouchers
  • Sick pay scheme
  • Recognition of Employees at annual Try Awards