Former Chelsea and Manchester United chief executive Peter Kenyon moves into rugby union
Kenyon has been appointed as non-executive chairman of rugby agency Esportif International
Wednesday 22 January 2014
Peter Kenyon, the former Chelsea and Manchester United chief executive, has taken a move into rugby union and believes the sport is following in the path of football in terms of income growth.
Kenyon has been appointed as non-executive chairman of rugby agency Esportif International, though he will continue to work as a consultant in football.
He believes recent broadcasting rights deals for rugby, plus the fact that rugby sevens will get exposure as a new Olympic sport in 2016, shows that it is on the up.
He told Press Association Sport: "I think that rugby as a sport has grown significantly and will continue to grow.
"If you look at recent TV deals they are going the right way and in 2016 the sport will be in the Olympics.
"It is a very different sport to football, which I will still be very much involved in it, but it is an exciting time for rugby.
"Esportif is a highly professional organisation, positioned extremely well with an operation in New Zealand and the UK, and I will be helping with the overall business development and strategy."
Esportif International's players include Wales and British & Irish Lions Jonathan Davies and Mike Phillips and England's James Haskell, while its New Zealand office represents several leading All Blacks.
The company has also announced it is to merge with leading Irish rugby agency Corner Flag Management to create Esportif Ireland, with clients including British and Irish Lions Tommy Bowe and Rory Best.
Midsummer swimwear season is well and truly upon us – but diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes
World Cup 2014: Neymar's agent launches scathing attack on Brazil's Luis Felipe Scolari, labelling him 'an old jerk, arrogant, repulsive, conceited and ridiculous'
Loic Remy to Arsenal? Gunners close in on move for QPR and France striker - reports
Angel di Maria: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal 'monitoring' Real Madrid star
World Cup 2014: The 50 best players of the World Cup
PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
- 2 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
- 3 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 4 L'Oreal cuts ties with Belgium supporter Axelle Despiegelaere after hunting trip photographs
- 5 The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories