Rugby Football Union chief executive Ian Ritchie is to retire at the end of the summer.
The RFU announced yesterday afternoon that Ritchie, 63, had informed its board of directors, management and staff of his decision.
Ritchie joined the RFU in February 2012, and has overseen England hosting the World Cup in 2015 and the England team winning back to back-to-back RBS Six Nations Championships in 2016 and 2017.
Ritchie also negotiated the Professional Game Agreement with PRL this year, worth over £200 million to Premiership club rugby in England over the next eight years.
The RFU says it will now begin the process of recruiting Ritchie’s successor and expects an appointment to be made by the end of the summer.