Nigel Melville to leave RFU in December

Nigel Melville will step down as the Rugby Football Union’s director of professional rugby.

Melville, who joined the governing body in July 2016, has opted to pursue new opportunities and will leave the post next month.

“I am proud of all that the organisation has achieved over the last three years during some challenging times,” said Melville in a statement on the England Rugby website.

“I believe that England Rugby is in a great place and that leaving after the 2019 Rugby World Cup is the right time as the RFU start a new era and prepare for the next Rugby World Cup cycle.”

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