Ulster Rugby stars link up with former Premier League chief Peter Kenyon

Ulster's Tommy Bowe with Esportif directors Duncan Sandlant and Ryan Constable, and British and Irish Lion Jon Davies
Ulster's Tommy Bowe with Esportif directors Duncan Sandlant and Ryan Constable, and British and Irish Lion Jon Davies

Leading international rugby agency Esportif International has announced the appointment of Peter Kenyon as Non-Executive Chairman.

Kenyon, who was previously Chief Executive of Premier League giants Manchester United and Chelsea, is currently active within the international business community and will assume his role with immediate effect.

He will join a business that manages some of the biggest names in world rugby.

Esportif International’s European clients include Ulster stars John Afoa and Johann Muller, Welsh and British & Irish Lions Jon Davies and Mike Phillips, England international James Haskell along with leading European based overseas player Matt Giteau. The New Zealand office of Esportif International is one of the largest rugby management agencies in New Zealand and represents leading All Blacks such as Jerome Kaino, Aaron Cruden, Piri Weepu, Steven Luatua and Charles Piutau as well as Kiwi Rugby League players such as Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

Kenyon said: “I am delighted to join Esportif International. This is a business whose success is based upon their strong professional backgrounds and significant expertise and experience in the global rugby market. “I am looking forward to assisting Esportif in becoming the globally recognised leader in the management of world class rugby players and coaches.”

Also announced on Wednesday is the merger with market leading Irish rugby agency Corner Flag Management to create Esportif Ireland.

Corner Flag’s client list includes British and Irish Lions Tommy Bowe, Rory Best, Stevie Ferris and Tom Court along with Irish internationals Donnacha Ryan, Devin Toner and John Muldoon from Leinster, Munster and Connacht respectively. In addition to these Irish based players Corner Flag represents European based Springboks Francois Louw and Zane Kirchner.

Duncan Sandlant, Managing Director of Esportif International in Europe said: “We are really excited about the appointment of Peter Kenyon to our business, which when combined with the creation of Esportif Ireland, marks a significant step towards Esportif’s development as the leading global rugby management agency.”

Ryan Constable, Founder and Managing Director of Corner Flag, added: “This merger represents an exciting opportunity to extend our global reach.

“Our comprehensive network will provide invaluable market knowledge across key rugby territories and this will undoubtedly benefit both the individual players and coaches we represent and the clubs we work with on recruitment and retention objectives.”