The CEO of Ospreys Rugby has confirmed he is to leave his post to take up a new role in Australia.
Andrew Hore, has been at the Ospreys since March 2008, when he was initially appointed as Elite Performance Director and tasked with restructuring the Senior, Elite Youth and Community management teams within the rugby side of the organisation, before expanding that role to oversee the business as a whole.
He will take up his new position with Super Rugby outfit NSW Waratahs during April.
Andrew Hore commented, "My time here has coincided with what will, no doubt, be remembered as an incredibly difficult period for both the Ospreys and the wider game in Wales.
"We've come through that period thanks to a huge collective effort from so many people and, I believe, Ospreys Rugby as a business is in a far better position than could have been hoped just a few years ago.
"I've no doubt that the hard work of the last five years in particular, to stabilise the business, means that Ospreys Rugby is now a sustainable organisation with a culture that is stronger than ever, and that will remain the way with a talented, passionate and committed staff continuing to strive for excellence.
"I'm thankful for the support of the Board, and in particular I'd like to give sincere thanks to Roger Blyth, Geoff Atherton, Chris Richards and Steve Maddock. Roger in particular is not only a boss, he is now a close friend.
"This region has been my home for eight years so the decision to move on has been a difficult one. I've wrestled with my emotions and my conscience for quite some time and only an incredible personal and professional opportunity like this could take me away from an organisation and a place I feel so strongly about.
"I genuinely believe that the Ospreys don't get full credit within Wales for what they have achieved over the years, be that commercially with the business now a profitable and sustainable one, or, continuously, in rugby terms, where they lead the way by any measurement possible.
"I hope that will change in the years to come, particularly in what is a rapidly evolving rugby, media and business landscape in Wales."