Australia's rugby governance "took an historic step" when it announced a woman director would join the ARU board for the first time. ANN SHERRY joined ARU Chair MICHAEL HAWKER as the second independent director nominated by the board. Sherry, the CEO of cruise ship operator Carnival Australia and a former CEO of Westpac New Zealand, "will vacate a board position" on the Australian Sports Commission to take up her new position in rugby (SMH, 7/19). ... The French Tennis Federation (FFT) appointed former player AMELIE MAURESMO captain of the French Fed Cup team (L'EQUIPE.fr, 7/19).