Melville to apply for RFU’s Chief Executive job

Former England captain Nigel Melville will apply for the Rugby Football Union’s Chief Executive job after the departure of CEO John Steele.

The RFU are looking for a replacement for Steele who was removed from his position on Friday following a search for a new performance director.

Former Gloucester and Wasps coach Melville is currently president and chief executive of USA Rugby and has expressed interest in the new role.

“I will apply for the ceo job, it’s what I have been doing for the last four years.” said Melville on Twitter.

Fifty-year-old Melville’s playing career was blighted by a series of neck, shoulder, knee and ankle injuries but has been with USA Rugby since October 2006.

He was on the RFU’s early shortlist for the performance director position but thought it would go to Sir Clive Woodward so he withdrew.

“For the record they spoke to me, was on the short list, withdrew when I heard it was SCW’s – so why bother..” Melville wrote on Twitter.

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