Copa90 "bolstered its leadership roster" with the appointment of ED TURNER as chief media officer. Arriving with more than 15 years' experience in digital media, including a six-year spell at Engine Group, Turner "will get to work on further boosting commercial interest in Copa90 ahead of this summer's World Cup in Russia." While at Engine Group, Turner served as a managing partner at Deep Focus "before going on to create and lead Engine Media" (THE DRUM, 1/17).
COACHES/MANAGERS: England rugby head coach EDDIE JONES signed a two-year contract extension to stay in the role until '21. The 57-year-old Australian's previous deal ran through the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. The Rugby Football Union board "also agreed a process for finding Jones' successor," which is "likely to involve" the appointment of a new head coach by the end of the '19-20 season (BBC, 1/17). ... Top14 side Stade Français coach GREG COOPER will "step down" after the team's next game, the club said on Tuesday. The former All Black, who became head coach this season, will be replaced by OLIVIER AZAM and JULIEN DUPUY (REUTERS, 1/16). ... FA of Ireland CEO JOHN DELANEY said that MARTIN O'NEILL "will sign his new contract to extend his stay as Ireland manager next week." O'Neill "agreed to stay on in October," but that deal was a verbal agreement, "which left a void for the manager to freely speak to other clubs" (IRISH INDEPENDENT, 1/17).