Leeds Tykes boss Phil Davies has been appointed World’s Rugby’s new director of rugby. (Photo Credit: Steve Haag)
The 58-year-old will join the governing body next month from the National One side, having transformed and reshaped the club.
The Yorkshire outfit now have a clear blueprint of what type of institution they want to be and the team will be led by former internationals Jon Callard and Wayne Proctor in tandem with the rugby department at The Sycamores.
Alongside his playing duties, Jake Brady will be stepping up as operations manager for off-field activities.
Davies’ new role at World Rugby will see him support the growth and development of rugby on and off the field, whilst helping to ensure welfare continues to be at the heart of World Rugby’s law review process.
“I am delighted and humbled to be joining the World Rugby team and am looking forward to getting started,” Davies said. I am passionate about the sport, its people and global potential.”
Speaking to Leeds Tykes’ website, Davies commented: “The club will always be special for myself and my family, it gave me my first coaching opportunity way back in 1996 and over our initial time at the club we created some amazing success and memories.
“It’s been a pleasure to come back to help support the club and with the support of some wonderful people both and off the field we have laid the foundations for a positive future, and wish Jon Callard, Jake Brady and all the players, staff, and supporters the very best moving forward.
“In conclusion, huge thanks to our Chairman Alastair and our board and investors plus our key partners Ventur, Gregory Properties and Caddick Construction along with our executive members and loyal supporters, none of this would have happened without your support.
“I wish everyone well at Tykes and hope for a positive and bright future for the Club.”
The Tykes will be keen to give Davies a winning send off and they conclude January by hosting Sale FC in National One.