1. ITV Report

Welsh Rugby Union boss Roger Lewis steps down

Welsh Rugby Union Chief Executive Roger Lewis has confirmed he will step down from the post after nine years in the job.

He will continue in the role until after the 2015 Rugby World Cup, finally parting ways in October.

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60-year-old Lewis has lead the union through some of its most successful years for the national side but has more recently faced criticism from some quarters over his handling of negotiations between the WRU and Welsh regions over a new Rugby Services agreement which was eventually signed last year.

Lewis said: “The time is now right for me to step down after a remarkable period at the helm of the Welsh Rugby Union.

"It has been a fantastic and memorable journey both on and off the pitch and I would like to thank the Board of the WRU for their backing during some challenging times and for my colleagues who have been unstinting in their support for me both personally and professionally

After nine years as Group Chief Executive the time is right for me to move forward and by announcing this in advance now, we are ensuring that the transition can be well managed in the best interests of Welsh rugby.

I am extremely proud of all that we have achieved together over the past nine years. The WRU is now in a strong position to seize the opportunities and face the inevitable challenges of the future and I wish my successor well for the adventure ahead.

– Roger Lewis

Lewis will now work with WRU chairman Gareth Davies to help find a successor for the post.