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New Zealand Great Named International Director for the United States Rugby Foundation

August 1, 2004

San Diego, CA (August 1, 2004) – Former New Zealand All Blacks Murray Mexted has joined the Board of Trustees and Directors of the United States Rugby Foundation as an International Director.The former #8 played in every All Black international between 1979-86 and was considered by many as the top #8 of his era. When his playing days ended, Mexted turned to coaching amassing an extensive club and provincial coaching record. He was a National Sevens Selector and is a currently a renowned television commentator and rugby analyst for Sky Television. Mexted is also founder and Managing Director of the International Rugby Academy.“The Foundation is extremely fortunate to have someone with Murray’s credentials join our Board,” said Foundation Chairman Bob Watkins. “Not only was he a respected player and administrator but now, with his academy, understands the importance of the game at the lower levels. We will be counting on Murray for his insight for the Foundation’s International Exchange Program.”Mexted joins former England Rugby Football Union President J.V. Smith and Peter Smith in serving the Foundation as International Directors. The Foundation continues to seek out prospective International Director candidates in South Africa and Australia.“We are aggressively looking for International Director candidates in Australia and South Africa to add further structure and options for our International Exchange Program,” said Foundation Executive Director Brian Vizard. “Murray coming on board was a big step in the Foundation attracting others from around the world with a strong knowledge of the youth game. With J.V. and Peter in England, we feel we are on our way of assembling a top group of International Directors.