New Zealand Rugby have announced that former All Blacks center next year Mark Robinson will succeed Steve Tew as chief executive.
Tew, who has been chief executive as 2007, surprisingly revealed that he will resign from the job at the close of the year.
Robinson, who played nine tests will assume the job.
He said:”I am really excited by what this opportunity provides.
”I have a crystal very clear vision to continue to grow the wonderful work established under Steve’s view and recognise the significant duty we’ve got in ensuring our game continues to flourish at all levels”
Robinson had his career blighted by a succession of accidents, after he retired returning to New Zealand as chief executive of the Taranaki Rugby Union.
One of his first tasks are to create a relationship with a brand new All Blacks coach, with Steve Hansen stepping down in Japan following the World Cup.