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Stuart McLauchlan Resigns From Highlanders Chair

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Stuart McLauchlan Resigns From Highlanders Chair

Highlanders chairman Stuart McLauchlan announced today he was resigning from the position.

Mr McLauchlan, who has been chairman since 2004, was recently appointed deputy chairman of Pharmac, the Crown entity that oversees the New Zealand pharmaceutical schedule, and has also been appointed crown monitor of the Southland District Health Board.

These appointments and other directorships meant he had less time for rugby, he said.

"I've enjoyed my time with the Highlanders, but it is a challenging position that requires more time than I'm able to give it. While the Highlanders' financial difficulties have been well publicised, all of the Rebel Sport Super 14 franchises are suffering to a greater or lesser degree.

"We now have funding in place for 2010 and with the new governance structure, it is an appropriate time for me to step down. It goes without saying that I wish the board and my successor all the best."

The New Zealand Rugby Union announced recently the appointment of Mike Eagle as its appointment to the Highlanders Board.

NZRU Chairman Jock Hobbs acknowledged Mr McLauchlan's service to the Highlanders during an extremely challenging time for the Franchise.

"Stuart has put significant effort into the Highlanders Board and the efforts to build and develop professional rugby in the region and I thank him sincerely for his service."

A Highlanders Board meeting will be scheduled for early next week for the resignation to take effect and for a replacement Chairman to be considered.

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