The Irish Rugby Football Union is pleased to announce that Declan Madden will become Chairman of the IRFU Management Committee and Ian McIlrath will become Chairman of the IRFU Rugby Committee, from July 17, 2015.
I am delighted to extend a very Happy Christmas and safe and peaceful New Year to our extensive rugby family.
Christmas time marks a halfway point in the rugby season and while we can look back and be greatly sustained by events of 2014, I believe we can also look forward with due optimism to what awaits in 2015.
The IRFU and the IRB were united in their calls for cultural change in rugby on the issue of concussion as medical experts from across world rugby came together at the IRB World Rugby Conference in London.
The IRFU's Head of Medical Services, Dr. Rod McLoughlin, presented the work being done on concussion education in rugby to the Joint Committee on Health and Children today at Government buildings and made a number of recommendations to advance concussion management in sport.