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Mason Alexander places CEO of Rugby Players Ireland, Simon Keogh

10 October 2017
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Mason Alexander were delighted to work with and successfully place the CEO of Rugby Players Ireland, Simon Keogh.

Earlier this year Mason Alexander were tasked with recruiting the new CEO of Rugby Players Ireland (formerly Irish Rugby Union Players Association). Working exclusively with Rugby Player’s Ireland, the search was on to find the person equipped to step into the shoes of former boss Omar Hassanein.

Candidates met with a board consisting of Patrick Manley (CEO Zurich), Andrew Trimble, Peter O’Mahony, Jonny Sexton, Ronan Loughney, Shane Jennings (past player representative) Peter McKenna (McKenna Durcan Solicitors) and John Treacy (Treacy Consultancy). After a rigorous recruitment process, it was announced that Keogh was to fill the position.

Keogh has enjoyed a long and exciting rugby career. He previously spent over 10 years with Leinster and Harlequins, and was part of the winning Heineken Cup team with Leinster in 2009. Throughout this time, he was actively involved in the Rugby Players Associates and Rugby Players Ireland (formerly IRUPA) and was one of the original signatories in the establishment of the Irish Players’ Association in 2001.

Rugby Players Ireland chairman spoke of the appointment:

“I am delighted to announce Simon’s appointment as CEO of Rugby Players Ireland. Given his extensive work with the association over the recent years, in addition to his own playing experience.”

“We are happy that Simon will ensure that the voice of professional rugby players in Ireland remains at the forefront of the game in this country”.

Speaking of his appointment Keogh said:

“I am thrilled to be working with our members, the Board, the IRFU and our partners to develop the players’ association further”.

“Rugby Players Ireland is uniquely placed to become a world leader in player welfare and representation. Working with the players, we as an association will strive to make a difference and create an environment that is second to none in the world of rugby.”

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