CONNACHT RUGBY has announced that Tom Sears will become their new Chief Executive in July, taking over from the retiring Gerry Kelly, writes Des Berry.
"There is real scope to develop Connacht Rugby at all levels and ensure the province is at the forefront of Irish and European Rugby in the coming years,” said Sears.
“There is no reason why Connacht can’t develop into one of Europe’s leading sides and that will be our collective goal. To do that we must ensure that we are the best we can possibly be from grass roots right through to our professional side.”
Sears, 43, moves into the role from his current position as CEO of Cricket Kenya. He previously held roles in the communications and commercial areas for both the RFU and Northampton Saints.
From there, he switched to the sport of Cricket in 2000, where he was the commercial director for Worcestershire County Cricket Club.
He became the Chief Executive of Derbyshire County Cricket Club in 2005, returning the club to profit, before moving into his current position as the CEO of Kenya Cricket.