Tuesday 01 December 2020


Following the Governance reforms voted at the last Rugby Europe General Assembly in December 2019, Rugby Europe has today announced the appointment of Vincent Taupin as Independent Non-Executive Director (INED), Member of the Board of Directors of the European governing body.

After an independent recruitment process led by HR firm Odgers Berndtson, recognized as an expert in high-profile hunting, Rugby Europe selected  Vincent Taupin to take up the position of INED for the next four-years cycle, due to start on December 4th after the elective General Meeting. His appointment was unanimously approved by Rugby Europe’s Board of Directors. 

Currently CEO of the private banking group Edmond de Rothschild, Vincent Taupin comes with a vast experience in the banking sector, having held several CEO positions in French and international companies. After starting his career in Peat Marwick Consultants, he worked on the financial markets. He founded and developed Boursorama Banque for more than ten years, before leading the strategic activities of Edmond de Rothschild group in twelve countries. Passionate about sailing, he played rugby at the Paris University Club (PUC).

The Rugby Europe General Meeting will be held by video-conference on December 4th and 5th and will elect the President and the Board of Directors Members for the next four years.

Octavian Morariu, President of Rugby Europe: “The appointment of an INED within Rugby Europe is a critical step forward to the professionalization of all international federations as ours. Thanks to Vincent, we will benefit from an exceptional experience in terms of strategic development and we will make our decision-process more efficient. We are thrilled to welcome him in our family. "

Vincent Taupin: “I am very pleased and honoured to join the Board of Rugby Europe. Rugby is a wonderful sport and I hope to make an enthusiastic contribution to its development in Europe and the promotion of its values.”

Rugby Europe is the governing body responsible for the promotion, development, administration and management of international competitions for the 48 member unions across Europe. The association organizes over 80 international games and 20 rugby tournaments each year, among which Men’s fifteen-a-side European Championships (Championship, Trophy, Conference 1 & 2, Development), U20 and U18 European Championships and all the 7s men and women European competitions, World Cup and Olympics Qualifiers.