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McKie leaves SRU

Chief executive Gordon McKie has parted company with the Scottish Rugby Union.

McKie leaves the organisation with immediate effect after six years.

He will be replaced on an interim basis by senior non-executive director and former international Jock Millican during the recruitment process for McKie's successor.

The SRU last week denied reports of a power struggle within the organisation.

A board meeting was held on June 9 amid claims that McKie had been under pressure from members over the direction of Scottish rugby, particularly over the decision to freeze the playing budgets of Magners League side's Glasgow and Edinburgh.

However, the SRU had insisted there was unity among the 11 board members.

On his departure, McKie said: "It has been a tremendous privilege for me to be appointed to lead the management team that has served the interests of Scottish Rugby over the last six years and I particularly want to thank them for supporting me.

"I will look back on my time at Murrayfield with a real sense of pride as much has been achieved since the dark days of 2005. I very much appreciated the Board's recent unanimous vote of confidence in the executive management team, and I take this opportunity to thank them for their continued support.

"However, from a personal perspective, I instigated discussions last weekend after considering matters with my family, as the time is right for me to leave Scottish Rugby and move on to fresh challenges.

"As a long standing supporter, I will always retain a great interest in rugby in Scotland and I wish my successor and all those associated with the game every success in tackling the challenges that lie ahead."

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