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Manning-Cooper joins World Cup team

Organisers of the 2015 Rugby World Cup have again turned to a former Olympics official to fill a key role.

England Rugby 2015 has appointed Joanna Manning-Cooper, previously head of public relations for London 2012, to become communications and marketing director.

Debbie Jevans, chief executive of ER 2015 and herself a former London 2012 executive, said: "With less than 1,000 days to go to the tournament we are strengthening our senior team, and Joanna has been appointed following a competitive recruitment process for this important new role within the ER 2015 leadership team."

Jevans added: "Joanna did an exceptional job for London 2012 and her skills and experience in major sporting events will be a great asset as we promote Rugby World Cup 2015 to the world."

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