In order to remove uncertainty, and in the interests of continuity and good management, Mr. Rob Fisher, who has been Vice Chairman of the IRB and a Director of Rugby World Cup since 1996, has elected to standdown.Mr. Fisher who has been a representative of the New Zealand Rugby Football Union on the IRB Council for the last eight years, said, "I am pleased that Dr. Millar has made himself available in order to perform this important role, and I am reassured that these interim arrangements will enable the work of the Board to proceed as smoothly as is possibleunder the current unfortunate circumstances. It has been a great honour to have served both the IRB and Rugby World Cup Ltd., and my best wishes are extended to all those who will now take both organisations forward.
Dr. Millar, who has represented the Irish Rugby Football Union on the IRB Council since 1992, added, "I am grateful for the support I have received from the Executive Committee and from other Council members.And I am grateful to Rob Fisher for having enabled my appointment. This is an important time for the administration of world rugby, and I will do everything in my power to ensure that its affairs are kept in good order."Syd Millar, M.B.E., D.Sc., (1992) is a retired company director from Ballymena. He played as a prop for Ballymena and Ulster, was capped 37times for Ireland 1958-70 and made three tours (1959, '62 and '68) with the British and Irish Lions. He later undertook further Lions' tours ('74 and '8O) as coach and then manager. He managed Ireland at the 1987 Rugby World Cup and is a member of the IRFU Committee and the 6 NationsCommittee.
Rob Fisher (1994), a barrister and solicitor from Auckland, was Auckland RFU Chairman from 1990-1995 and is a life member of Auckland University Club having played prop and hooker for 35 years. He was Chairman ofthe New Zealand RFU from 1997 to 2000 and appointed Chairman again in July 2002. In 1996 he became the first elected Vice-Chairman of the IRB Council. Rob was a Director of Rugby World Cup from 1996 to 2002.