Former All Black Mark Robinson appointed New Zealand Rugby chief executive

Ruben Hill
September 11, 2019

Significant changes at New Zealand Rugby are under way with the appointment of former All Black Mark Robinson as chief executive in waiting.

NZ Rugby (NZR) board chair Brent Impey announced Robinson's appointment following an intense recruitment process over the past two months.

"He has been an incredibly insightful director on the board, and at the global rugby table, he has been a sound and respected voice".

Robinson, the first former All Black to hold the governing body's top job, played nine Tests for New Zealand from 2000-2002 in an worldwide career that was plagued by injury.

"We saw on Saturday how concerning it is for the worldwide game to have fixtures like that when we know that Tonga has so much more to offer to the worldwide game along with the other Pacific Islands.and if World Rugby truly wants to be a truly global game we need those tier two unions to be as competitive as possible and to be able to grow other tier two unions, so that we have in time more teams competing at the World Cup".

Robinson will vacate roles on the NZ Rugby board and the World Rugby council.

Tew, who has been chief executive since 2007, surprisingly revealed that he will step down from the role at the end of the year.

"We were impressed with the internal and external applicants for this role". He holds degrees from the universities of Victoria (Wellington) and Cambridge. Steve Tew leaves behind some big shoes to fill, and Mark is more than capable of marking his own footprints.

In his first press conference after being named as NZR's new boss, Robinson - who has served on World Rugby committees - spoke of how he believed the result was alarming and representative of how more needs to be done for Pacific rugby.

NZR said Robinson would formally take over in January but the transition will begin immediately as he accompanies Tew to the World Cup, where the All Blacks are chasing a third straight title.

"There are some amazingly gifted, talented and hardworking people in and around New Zealand Rugby, and I am honoured to be given an opportunity to lead some of the best people in the world, in their field".

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