All change at the RFU; as a new chairman takes over from Jason Leonard in August, we have the exciting news that Mr Jonathan Webb has recently been appointed as one of two RFU representatives on the World Rugby Council, replacing Bill Beaumont who has become the Chairman of World Rugby.
In the late 1980s and early 90s, Jonathan played club-level rugby at Bristol and then Bath, before representing England as fullback in 33 Test matches, scoring 296 points for the national team. He participated in two Rugby World Cups and in the 1991 World Cup final, which England lost to Australia, he was the only English scorer. Among the honours he received, he was voted the Rothman’s Rugby Player of the Year in 1992 and now joins the RFU board as a representative at World Rugby, the international governing body of rugby union.
The vision of World Rugby is to harness the sport’s character-building values to engage new audiences, young and old, a vision that Mr Webb shares: “I believe the game is still one of the greatest team sports, enriching and enhancing the lives of all those involved. I look forward to doing all I can to help develop and improve rugby not just in England, but around the world, to ensure its future growth.”
Mr Jonathan Webb combines his duties on the World Rugby board with his practice as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in Bristol and London.