Keith Russell leaves director of domestic rugby role

KEITH RUSSELL is no longer the Director of Domestic Rugby at the Scottish Rugby Union. Staff at Murrayfield were informed that he had left the role yesterday [Monday], but the governing body has so far declined to comment on the circumstances around his departure.

Russell, who is the father of Scotland stand-off Finn, took on the high profile position in November 2014, with the SRU stating at the time that: “The appointment is a key priority among Scottish Rugby’s strategic initiatives.”

Mark Dodson, chief executive of the SRU, stated: “We are very pleased to announce this important appointment. Development of our game is a strategic priority for us and Keith’s leadership in nurturing sustainable rugby activity and partnerships across the school and club game will be fundamental to the ongoing expansion of our sport.”

Russell joined the SRU from Glasgow Life (the company established by Glasgow City Council to manage the city’s sport, cultural and community facilities and development activities), where he had been head of sport for the previous ten years. He played a central role in helping establish Scotstoun Stadium as the home of Glasgow Warriors.

It is understood that Sheila Begbie, the current head of women’s rugby, will take over Russell’s role on an interim basis.

Also in the Keith Russell Affair:

Keith Russell: ‘Main thing Mark Dodson talked about was keeping the Council quiet’

Keith Russell: ‘It is so disappointing to realise that the guys at the top are not good guys’

Keith Russell: ‘The clubs as key stakeholders in the sport is a distraction they would prefer to avoid’

Keith Russell wins unfair dismissal case against the Scottish Rugby Union


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  1. This decision has been kept quiet by the SRU. Keith is a very capable professional and, following the decision to part with Vern Cotter, am I the only one questioning if there is a problem with the person making these decisions?

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