4 Dec, 10:19
Grand Slam winners Fiona Coghlan and Nora Stapelton have returned the Women's RBS 6 Nations trophy to Chief Executive John Feehan at the Six Nations offices in Dublin.
Pickering was a key figure in the development of the Heineken Cup and European Shield, played a major role in the organisation of the Lions Tour to Australia in 2001 which was the first ever to make a profit, and was heavily involved last year in steering the 6 Nations Championship through the foot and mouth crisis.
"Over 6 years at the 'coal face' during Rugby's most turbulent times ever is enough for anyone, and it is time for a change." Pickering said. "My wife and I plan to return to the UK and I look forward to furthering my career either within or outside the game".
Allan Hosie, just retired Chairman of the 6 Nations Committee commented, "Roger has made a major and valuable contribution to Northern Hemisphere Rugby during the game's difficult transition to professionalism. We thank him and wish him well".