Former Six Nations chief John Feehan has replaced Bernard O'Byrne as Basketball Ireland CEO.

The experienced administrator was CEO of the Six Nations, as well as the British and Irish Lions, between 2002 and 2018. He also served as CEO of the then Pro12 between 2011 and 2015.

Feehan will commence his new rule on 15 November. He replaces departed CEO Bernard O'Byrne, who resigned in July following an outcry over an "ill-judged" social media comment regarding England footballer Raheem Sterling.

Speaking about his appointment as Basketball Ireland CEO, Feehan said: "Basketball has seen an upsurge in popularity in Ireland over the last number of years and I’m eager to continue to help unlock its full potential.

"There is huge scope for growth, particularly given its key strengths - such as it being the most diverse and inclusive sport in the country, with not only a 50-50 gender balance, but also a wide base of support, when it comes to participation and engagement.

"I am determined to make an impact on the sport and I’ll be working hard with all the stakeholders within the game to achieve that."

Basketball Ireland chairman, Paul McDevitt, added: "We’re delighted to have someone of the calibre of John Feehan to take over as our CEO.

"His commercial acumen, coupled with his proven and extensive track record in sports administration, make him a natural fit for the job. I really feel that with John at the helm it will herald an exciting time for basketball."