By Jonathan Davies

The former chief executive of B&Q has been named as the new boss of the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU).

Martyn Phillips, who left B&Q in 2013, will replace current chief executive Roger Lewis in the autumn.

Phillips, who is originally from Fishguard, will work alongside WRU Chairman Gareth Davies, to lead and manage the strategic and operational development and evolution of the governing body at a time of rapid change within the game.

He said: “I am both delighted and honoured to be taking up the role of WRU Group Chief Executive at this incredibly exciting time for the game of rugby union in Wales.

“The brand of the Welsh Rugby Union is known across the world and I aim to ensure that we sustain and develop a business base which supports the entire game in Wales and exploits our opportunities to the full.

“Although I will not take up my appointment until the autumn, the work starts immediately. I will use the summer to meet some key people in order to hit the ground running in this pivotal role within the governing body.

“I am a great believer in relationships and developing people to their full potential and I know that within the Welsh Rugby Union, there is an incredibly passionate and energised workforce which has already achieved a lot of success.

“There are a range of opportunities and challenges ahead for the game in Wales and my first task will be to listen, and to understand the business of the governing body both internally and externally."