Gosper appointed IRB chief executive

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- The International Rugby Board has appointed Brett Gosper as its new chief executive and the managing director of the Rugby World Cup.

The 53-year-old Gosper represented Australia at the under-21 level and played for the Racing Club in France.

Gosper is the son of International Olympic Committee member Kevan Gosper and worked as an advertising executive following his rugby career. He will start work at the IRB on Aug. 15.

He succeeds Mike Miller, who stepped down after 10 years.

IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset said Gosper's appointment had been unanimously approved by the world body's executive committee.