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NZ Rugby's Wayne Peters stands down

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/12/2016

Wayne Peters © Phil Walter/Getty Images Wayne Peters New Zealand Rugby's longest-serving member, Wayne Peters, has announced his retirement.

The Maori representative on the board, Peters has been a board member since 2009.

He was the chairman of the Northland Union from 2006 to 2008, and served as a director of the Blues franchise over the same period.

Peters said his decision to stand down from New Zealand Rugby would enable him to focus on recovering from a recent health issue.

"I'm proud of the achievements of the New Zealand Rugby Board over the past seven years, and in particular the growth of Maori rugby at the community and high-performance level," he said.

New Zealand Rugby's 26 provincial rugby unions will make nominations for the vacant Maori representative position.

Results of the subsequent election will be announced later this week.

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