Nicky Ponsford: England ladies’s excessive efficiency supervisor to affix World Rugby
Nicky Ponsford will go away her position as England ladies’s excessive efficiency supervisor for a two-year secondment with World Rugby beginning in July.
Which means Ponsford will miss England’s build-up to the rearranged 2021 World Cup in New Zealand subsequent yr.
She was head of ladies’s efficiency when England received the 2014 World Cup.
Ponsford was additionally instrumental within the Pink Roses turning into the world’s first skilled ladies’s rugby group in addition to launching the Premier 15s league.
The RFU will search for a candidate to tackle a efficiency position however wouldn’t change her “like-for-like”.
RFU director of efficiency Conor O’Shea was eager to calm any fears about doable disruption to England’s plans for the World Cup.
“We’re very assured that this is not going to interrupt any preparation for the Pink Roses to realize their intention of profitable the World Cup subsequent yr,” he stated.
Having initially joined the then-named Rugby Soccer Union for Ladies in 2002, Ponsford has constructed robust relationships and contacts throughout the ladies’s sport.
She’s going to turn out to be World Rugby’s excessive efficiency supervisor and assist assist unions who’ve already certified for the 2021 World Cup in addition to supporting others by means of qualification.
“To have the chance to work with World Rugby to assist develop and develop the worldwide ladies’s sport is a very thrilling prospect,” she stated.
The announcement was made concurrently World Rugby confirmed they’ve added £600,000 to an preliminary £2m excessive efficiency preparation fund for ladies’s rugby.