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Irvine appointed as Celtic Rugby chairman
August 24, 2010
Andy Irvine has taken over as chairman of Celtic Rugby © Getty Images

Former Scotland and British & Irish Lions fullback Andy Irvine has been named chairman of Celtic Rugby.

Irvine succeeds John Hussey, the current vice president of the Irish Rugby Football Union, as part of a management reshuffle. He will be the first independent chairman of the Magners League's governing body and will head up an eight-man board of directors as the tournament prepares to welcome two Italian sides for the first time in 2010-11. He is also chairman of the British & Irish Lions committee.

Current Six Nations and Lions chief executive John Feehan has been appointed in the same role at Celtic Rugby and will lead a team which will include 10 permanent members of staff, including the long-standing tournament director, David Jordan.

"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," Hussey said.

"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."

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