Tom Sears has decided to step down from his position as Chief Executive of Connacht Rugby after 15 months in the job.

Philip Browne, Chief Executive, IRFU said: "We fully understand Tom's decision to step down and both the IRFU and Connacht Rugby wish him every success in the future"

Tom Sears commented: "After careful consideration I have taken the decision to leave Connacht for my own reasons, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and hope the province continues to go from strength to strength."