Former Leinster player Simon Keogh has been appointed as Rugby Players Ireland's new CEO.
Keogh, a Dublin native, played 33 times during two spells with Leinster and won the Heineken Cup in 2009. He also spent five years with Harlequins and featured five times for Ireland 'A'.
He replaces the outgoing Omar Hassanein and said that he was relishing his new role:
"I am thrilled to be working with our members, the board, the IRFU and our partners to develop the players' association further.
"Rugby Players Ireland is uniquely placed to become a world leader in player welfare and representation.
"Working with the players, we as an association will strive to make a difference and create an environment that is second to none in the world of rugby."