Former England wing Ugo Monye is to chair the Rugby Football Union’s newly-formed diversity and inclusion advisory group. The independent panel has been set up to support the RFU’s objective of “driving rugby union in England to reflect the diversity in society”.
Monye will head the group, with former England star and current Wasps Ladies director of rugby Giselle Mather acting as vice-chair.
Also present are ex-England sevens player James Bailey and former England women’s captain and World Cup winner Gill Burns.
“The RFU has made diversity and inclusion a core priority with clear plans being worked on that should make a substantive difference to the game,” Monye said.
“It’s really important that we get this right so that anyone, from anywhere, feels rugby is a game for them.
An honour to be a part of this group.
Thanks for the support & love shown ??
Also thank you for the negativity! Further underlines the reason why this is needed ??https://t.co/ddUORsuovP
— ugo monye (@ugomonye) April 19, 2021
“There is a wealth of experience in the advisory group and we’re all pleased to be able to contribute in driving an important agenda within the sport.”
Among the group’s tasks will be to “challenge the RFU on its progress in delivering on its diversity and inclusion goals”, which are focused on areas such as fans, players and board composition.
Ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, sexual orientation and age have been identified as priority areas.
Among the goals is to increase fans and followers in under-represented groups to 40 per cent female interest share, six per cent ethnically diverse communities interest share and 37 per cent lower socio-economic group interest share by 2025.
The current numbers are 29 per cent, four per cent and 33 per cent respectively.
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