Six Nations Rugby this week announced that its Chief Executive Officer, Ben Morel, is to step down at the end of the current 2022/23 rugby season.

Morel has successfully led the organisation since 2018, overseeing a period where the six member nations collaborated as strongly off the pitch as they competed on it.

It was a period in which the centralisation of key media and commercial rights has led to major new partnerships with Guinness and TikTok, and delivered a cash boost to the sport in its hour of need through Covid with the investment of CVC Capital Partners.

Amazon Prime Video in UK & Ireland came on board to broadcast a re-branded Autumn Nations Series. while in Ireland RTÉ and Virgin Media signed a sharing deal to bring every game in the Men’s, Women’s and U20 Six Nations to our screens live and free to air.

Morel informed the Six Nations Board that the end of the 2022/23 season would be the right time for him to step down after having ensured a best-in-class transition with his successor.

“It is an unbelievable privilege to be leading such an organisation as Six Nations Rugby and in particular such a talented group of people,” he said.

“I am immensely proud of the many accomplishments over the last five seasons ranging from successfully completing our Championships during the pandemic, centralising our rights to offer a better experience for our fans around the world, and bringing state-of-the-art partnerships to place rugby on a significant growth trajectory.”

“I am at the stage in my life when I want to tackle other personal and professional projects and a Rugby World Cup year is the perfect time to ensure a smooth transition to keep the pace of our rapid transformation. There are several key projects I am focused on delivering before I depart and look forward to the next months ahead.”

“We have been privileged to have Ben’s wise counsel and steadfast leadership during these past five seasons,” said Ronan Dunne, Chair of the Board of Six Nations Rugby.

“He has delivered an outstanding performance, whilst establishing a strong and effective organisation and executive leadership team, leaving us well placed to deliver on the next phase of our vision for Six Nations Rugby.”

The process to find a successor is underway with an announcement expected in the New Year.