Ailing RWC chairman resigns


WELLINGTON, December 10- Rugby World Cup 2011 and New Zealand Rugby Union chairman Jock Hobbs resigned from both boards of directors Friday as complications arose in his battle with leukaemia.Hobbs, a former All Black captain, had taken leave from both positions in May when he was diagnosed with the disease.

Sudden and unexpected complications have since arisen and Hobbs has now been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma which requires a more aggressive treatment regime, NZRU chief executive Steve Tew said in a statement.

Tew said New Zealand rugby has enjoyed a period of sustained achievement since Hobbs took over the chairmanship in 2002.

"During Jock’s tenure, New Zealand… won the bid to host rugby World Cup 2011 and established the organisation and support necessary to run the tournament, set new benchmarks in national team success, and managed major transitional changes in domestic and international rugby," Tew said.

Hobbs, who is also the brother-in-law of Wallabies’ coach Robbie Deans, played 21 Tests for the All Blacks, including four as captain until his retirement in 1986.