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Le Figaro, the second largest newspaper in France, published an article that Pierre Arnald, former head of the Stade Francais French national stadium, has joined Rugby United New York as Director General of this Major League Rugby club. In addition, Arnald stated that he invested $1 million in the new enterprise started by RUNY president James Kennedy.
His reasoning for accepting the appointment is his close association with Ross Young, interim CEO of US Rugby, and likely to be named to the position on a permanent basis. Arnald worked with Young during France’s hosting of the Rugby World Cup in 2007, when Young served as the IRB’s representative to the RWC.
Further, Arnald pointed to the recent World Rugby Sevens World Cup last August in San Francisco as the continuing success of rugby’s growth in the USA. He believes that with a formal plan of action, the USA, over the next 12-years, can mount a bid for the 2031 Rugby World Cup.
Le Figaro also added a short piece that Le Top 14, the professional French League, has begun strategic negotiations with Major League Rugby. The goal, over time, would be to formalize an agreement between the two leagues with the Frenchman Arnald (a former rugger for Clermont Auvergne) acting as the executive bridge between the two.