John Hussey has been selected as the 124th president of the Irish Rugby Football Union.
A St Mary’s College RFC man, his appointment was announced on Friday at the IRFU’s annual council meeting in the Aviva Stadium.
The Dublin businessman was President of the Leinster branch in 1998-’99 and was first elected to the IRFU in 1996. He was chairman of the strategic review committee which produced the first IRFU Strategic Plan (2003 – ’07).
He was also chairman of the now RaboDirect PRO 12 league during a seven-year period that saw considerable growth in stature and popularity in Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Hussey was also involved in the negotiations which brought the admission of two teams from Italy into the league last season.