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Snedden to lead 2011 RWC team- 19 Dec 2006 00:00:00

Martin Snedden, the head of New Zealand Cricket, is leaving his post to lead the company organising the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Snedden, who played 25 Tests and 93 one-day internationals for New Zealand between 1981 and 1990, will take up his new role in May 2007.

A former lawyer, Snedden has been NZ Cricket's chief executive since May 2001.

The decision by the IRB to award New Zealand the hosting rights to the 2011 World Cup was riddled with controversy with many onlookers believing that the rugby governing body was merely bowing to financial pressures when overlooking the bids from other countries, most noticeably Japan.

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