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Published 07/07/2015

Roger Lewis, pictured, will be succeeded by former B&Q boss Martyn Phillips at the Welsh Rugby Union
Roger Lewis, pictured, will be succeeded by former B&Q boss Martyn Phillips at the Welsh Rugby Union

Former B&Q boss Martyn Phillips is to succeed Roger Lewis as group chief executive of the Welsh Rugby Union.

The WRU confirmed 46-year-old Welshman Phillips' appointment following a board meeting on Tuesday.

It was announced earlier this year that Lewis will leave the WRU in October, ending a tenure that began in 2006. During that time, Wales won three Six Nations titles, two Grand Slams and reached a World Cup semi-final.

Phillips, who is originally from Fishguard and currently lives near Southampton, was chief executive and retail director of the DIY giants. He will take up his role at the WRU this autumn.

"I am both delighted and honoured to be taking up the role of WRU group chief executive at this incredibly exciting time for the game of rugby union in Wales," he said.

"Although I will not take up my appointment until the autumn, the work starts immediately. I will use the summer to meet some key people in order to hit the ground running in this pivotal role within the governing body.

"I am a great believer in relationships and developing people to their full potential, and I know that within the Welsh Rugby Union there is an incredibly passionate and energised workforce which has already achieved a lot of success.

"There are a range of opportunities and challenges ahead for the game in Wales, and my first task will be to listen and to understand the business of the governing body, both internally and externally."

WRU chairman Gareth Davies said he believed the Union had "found the right man" to take Welsh rugby forward.

"His impressive business CV speaks for itself, and he is also very clearly a person who understands the importance of developing and inspiring our staff and stakeholders to get the very best results," Davies said.

"There is a lot of hard work ahead, and we now have in place the leadership which can move Welsh rugby forward in unity and with clearly-defined objectives.

"Martyn knows the scale of the task which awaits him, and I am confident he will use all his talent and experience to great effect in the years ahead."

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