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Communications Manager – World Rugby

Communications Manager – World Rugby

World Rugby is the international federation for the sport of Rugby Union headquartered in Dublin. Driven by a strategic mission to grow the global rugby family, World Rugby is both a game regulator and a game inspirer. It is responsible for the regulation and governance of a sport that is experiencing record global participation and fan-base growth.

World Rugby also plays a major role in inspiring new audiences to engage with the sport and owns some of the world’s biggest and best-loved major sports events, including the men’s and women’s Rugby World Cups, Rugby World Cup Sevens and the men’s and women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

The Role

We are looking for an experienced events media management professional to join World Rugby’s communications team as Communications Manager, Rugby 7s, reporting to the Senior Public Affairs Manager. The team covers a broad remit to inspire a new generation of fans – incorporating external and internal communications, events, digital and social properties and content. The right candidate for this job will love sports event management, have a solid understanding of media operations and rights activation, have excellent project management skills, a great eye for PR opportunities to further Rugby 7s global profile as well as the creativity and organisational skills to execute impactful media campaigns proactively and reactively.

The role involves global travel and we are looking for someone with energy and the ability to successfully integrate within tournament management teams and establish strong relationships with key stakeholders working in a dynamic environment.


  • To design and manage the delivery of the PR and media operations programmes for World Rugby’s suite of Rugby 7s properties, including the men’s and women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, with a strategic aim of fostering operational excellence and consistency and fan base growth.
  • To effectively lead and integrate with external team and host event media operations teams, commercial partner agencies and other key stakeholders.
  • To project manage World Rugby’s PR and media plan for Rugby 7s properties, including social, digital media and brand.
  • To act as an on-call media officer, fielding media enquiries when required and provide strategic communications support to the Head of Communications and Senior Public Affairs Manager.
  • To act as a Match Press Officer at Rugby World Cup 2019.
  • To deliver skilful management of reactive PR issues and/or crises that contribute to the perceptions of the World Rugby and Rugby brands, including stakeholder communications programmes.
  • To develop deliver stakeholder communications tools to ensure a unified approach across the game.
  • To prepare media release and video news release strategies to ensure a joined-up approach across all properties.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Business related degree e.g. Marketing, Media, Communications.
  • 5+ years’ experience in a senior position in international media management
  • Proven ability to lead and deliver media management programmes.
  • Excellent understanding of social media.
  • Solid understanding of sports media environment.
  • Good working knowledge of rugby is preferable.
  • Fluency in French or Spanish desirable.

Skills & Personal Attributes

  • Excellent ability to build solid working relationships.
  • Strong team player
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment.
  • Communication skills.
  • Project management.
  • Crisis management.
  • Influencing skills

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