The former Scotland and British & Irish Lions international full-back Andy Irvine will become Celtic Rugby’s first independent Chairman.
He will take over on September 1, in time for the launch of the 10th season of tournaments organised by Celtic Rugby two days later. He will replace John Hussey, of the Irish Rugby Union, who has acted as Celtic Rugby chairman for the past seven years.
“As the Magners League prepares to expand through the introduction of two Italian teams to join the 10 clubs from Ireland, Scotland and Wales, I am delighted the Celtic Rugby Board has recognised there is a growing need to support the Tournament’s expansion,” said the outgoing chairman, John Hussey.
“Last season saw the highly successful introduction of a Play-Off system and Grand Final to determine our champions and the changes agreed by the Board are aimed at continuing to shape the ever growing reputation of the Tournament.
”Having a man of the calibre of Andy Irvine to take over from me is a real statement of intent from the Celtic Rugby Board and all the changes we have agreed will help support the growth of the Magners League product and our 12 clubs.”