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Metcalfe lands RFU role

The Rugby Football Union have appointed a new chairman of the body that oversees the professional game in England.

Ian Metcalfe, an RFU board director and former England B international, has replaced Martyn Thomas on the Professional Game Board with immediate effect.

The PGB was formed out of the eight-year agreement between the RFU and Premiership Rugby in 2008, with a remit to manage issues ranging from season structure to player welfare. The RFU nominates the chairman on a two-year tenure.

Thomas, who took on the role in his position as chairman of the RFU, said: "Ian is an outstanding choice as the new chairman of the PGB.

"He has a deep knowledge of high-performance rugby and has trust and credibility with the professional clubs and, as through his involvement with the RPA (Rugby Players' Association), is highly respected there also. I am sure he will lead the PGB with distinction and vision."

Metcalfe is managing partner of Wragge & Co, one of the UK's largest law firms and is a double Cambridge Blue.

A former player with Sale and Moseley, Metcalfe played for England B and went on tour with England to New Zealand in 1985. He played four times for the Barbarians and still sits on the Baa-Baas committee.

Metcalfe said: "It is a huge honour and privilege to be chosen to chair the PGB. Professional rugby continues to grow and prosper but at the same time is facing significant challenges.

"Working with our partners at Premiership Rugby, the Championship and the RPA we will ensure we stay focused on making the right decisions at the right time to encourage that growth and meet those challenges."


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