Wed 21 Apr 2021 | 01:08

English Premiership rugby chief to step down

English Premiership rugby chief to step down
Wed 21 Apr 2021 | 01:08
English Premiership rugby chief to step down
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NEWS: Premiership Rugby chief executive Darren Childs is to step down “over the coming weeks” it was announced Wednesday.

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Childs joined the body that oversees top-flight club Rugby Union in England in August 2019.

His time in office coincided with a difficult period that saw the 2019/20 season halted for four months by the coronavirus pandemic.

Childs was also involved in the negotiation of a new four-year television deal that expires in 2024 and helped secure £88 million ($122 million) of British government support for clubs facing financial difficulties because of Covid-19.

Nevertheless, Premiership Rugby has faced criticism over the way it has dealt with player release requests from both Scotland as well as the British and Irish Lions.

“After a huge effort by the whole team, I’m pleased that we have managed to navigate the many challenges of Covid-19 and that Premiership Rugby is able to look ahead with real optimism,” Childs said in a statement.

“While now is the right time for me to step back and focus on a wider range of business interests, I will remain a committed and enthusiastic supporter of club rugby as the sport completes its recovery and returns to growth in the years ahead.”

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Childs is now set to act as an advisor to CVC Capital Partners, the private equity firm that owns a 27 percent stake in the Premiership.

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