Spaulding brings 14 years of experience in organizing high-profile global events to this position, which will prove invaluable to USA Rugby as Host Union. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past seven years, Spaulding has held key leadership roles in producing two of the largest events to be hosted in Northern California in recent history: Super Bowl 50 and the 34th America's Cup.

Originally from the UK, Spaulding has previously led global teams in delivering major sporting events such as the Volvo Ocean Race and Modern Pentathlon World Cup. Spaulding also spent five years leading events and marketing for the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy in England and helped develop that center into a world-class venue that would later host the London 2012 Olympic sailing events. 

"This is the first Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament to be held in the United States so I'm delighted to join USA Rugby and lead the team that will plan and execute this global event," said Spaulding. "With the recent inclusion of Rugby Sevens in the Olympics and the significant growth of the sport amongst men and women throughout the United States, it is an exciting time to be involved in rugby."

Spaulding's professional and location-specific experience will be crucial in supporting USA Rugby to deliver a one-of-a-kind event in accordance with World Rugby's requirements and all contractual obligations and agreed standards.

Spaulding added: "I'm looking forward to working with USA Rugby, World Rugby and other stakeholders to welcome visitors from around the world and deliver a successful tournament that showcases the very best of international play." 

"The Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 will be the highest profile rugby event ever hosted in the United States," USA Rugby Chief Executive Officer Dan Payne said. "With yet another opportunity to grow the awareness of the game in our country, I'm excited to have someone that possesses Rosie's abilities joining the cause. Her résumé and experience speak for themselves."

World Rugby granted USA Rugby hosting rights for the seventh edition of the largest international sevens tournament - and third to feature women's teams - in May 2015, with the 42,000-seat AT&T Park chosen as the stadium. Since then, USA Rugby has worked with local partners in preparation for the tournament prior to the hiring of a general manager. Spaulding began her role in early 2017, and will continue to ready the San Francisco Bay Area for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, working in conjunction with USA Rugby as the Host Union.

For information related to the hosting of Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, please contact Rosie Spaulding via email at rspaulding@usarugby.org. For partnerships, contact Everett Jacobs at ejacobs@usarugby.org and for press/ communications, contact Sarah Hawkins at shawkins@usarugby.org.

More information related to ticket sales and scheduling of this July 2018 event will be made public in due course.