Alistair Maclean has announced that he is stepping down as World Rugby’s Group General Counsel next month. 

Maclean was appointed in January 2017 and led the legal team during a significant period of transformation in the organisation and two cycles of both the Men’s and Women’s Rugby World Cups. 

Maclean said: “Following the hugely successful Men’s Rugby World Cup in France last year, I’ve decided that it’s an opportune time to seek new challenges as the organisation enters a new four-year cycle.  I’m incredibly proud of the legal and procurement teams that I’ve had the privilege to lead and the friends that I have made in the global rugby family. It’s been fun, challenging and fulfilling. I wish my colleagues and the organisation every success in continuing to grow and protect the game.”

Alan Gilpin, World Rugby Chief Executive, added: “Alistair has led on numerous complex global issues during his seven years at World Rugby. He has been a fantastic ambassador for World Rugby and a trusted advisor to the Executive Board and World Rugby Council. I would like to thank him for his dedication in the role and wish him every success in the new challenges ahead.”

Maclean joined World Rugby from The Football Association where he was the Group Legal Director, Company Secretary and a Board Director of the National Football Centre.