CEO of British and Irish Lions steps down


John Feehan has stepped down as CEO of Six Nations and The British & Irish Lions with immediate effect. A recruitment process has commenced for John’s replacement and an announcement is to be made in due course.

John has been at the helm of both organisations for 16 years. In that time, he has overseen unprecedented growth of the Six Nations Championship and has also presided over four successful British & Irish Lions Tours including two Tours to New Zealand.

Feehan said: “After 16 wonderful years with Six Nations and The British & Irish Lions, I feel it is time for a change. I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute working in both roles however the timing is now right for me and I am ready to pursue other interests.

“I depart safe in the knowledge that both organisations are in a significantly better place than when I started, and indeed both have a very bright future ahead. I would like to acknowledge the fantastic people I have worked with over the years and look forward to watching rugby as a passionate supporter for many years to come.”

Tom Grace, Chairman of The British & Irish Lions commented: “John skilfully guided us through four successful Lions Tours from 2005 to 2017 on and off the pitch which saw some tremendous rugby played along the way but more importantly cherished memories created.

“John’s passion for the game and dedication to constantly improving the British & Irish Lions as an organisation was exemplary and we wish him every success for the future”.