Carroll appointed Interim JR2019 COO
With six years to go until Japan hosts the first-ever Rugby World Cup in Asia, preparations continue to advance with the appointment of Matt Carroll AM as interim Chief Operating Officer of the Japan 2019 organising body.
Carroll brings with him a wealth of Rugby World Cup and Rugby administration experience having previously held the posts of General Manager of the Rugby World Cup 2003 organising body, a record-breaking major event, and Acting Chief Executive of the Australian Rugby Union. In addition Carroll led the successful establishment of Australia’s national A-League soccer competition.
In his new role, Carroll will support the JRFU and Japan Rugby 2019 in the initial planning for one of the largest events ever hosted in Japan, collaborating with major stakeholders, including the Japanese government and overseeing the appointment of key personnel.
He joins the JR2019 team at an exciting time for tournament planning as financial and strategic plans are finalised and the organising body’s staffing and structures are established.
Rugby World Cup Tournament Director Kit McConnell said: “Rugby World Cup 2019 will be a seminal moment for our sport. As the first such event to be hosted in Asia, we have a great opportunity to make Rugby a truly global sport and I am delighted to say that we are on track.”
“Matt’s appointment as interim COO of JR 2019 caps an exciting year of delivery of major milestones including the launch of the venue selection process, the launch of the tournament vision, the appointment of Rugby ambassadors and reaffirmation of cross-party government support.”
“It also represents a further boost for a tournament that is on track to deliver significant benefits to the Asian Rugby community, the profile of the sport throughout the key market and the ongoing growth of Rugby worldwide and will kick start a process of key appointments reflecting the transition to the operational delivery phase.”
An event to engage and inspire
Koji Tokumasu, General Manager of Japan Rugby 2019, said: “This appointment represents our clear ambition to deliver the best-ever Rugby World Cup and an event that will engage and inspire people throughout Japan and Asia.”
“I met with Matt when he was General Manager of RWC 2003 in Australia, which is still one of the most exciting Rugby World Cups ever. We are confident to deliver the best World Cup ever by working with a man of such talent as Matt.”
Carroll joins with significant experience and understanding of the Japan sporting and business landscape and is looking forward to driving the successful delivery what will be the largest sporting event ever to be hosted in Japan and a platform to grow the Game throughout Asia.
Carroll said: “It is a great honour to be appointed to this important position. I look forward to working with the team at JR2019 to progress the planning that will deliver a tournament of which Japanese rugby and the entire country can be proud."