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Shane Logan stepping down as Ulster Rugby chief executive

Ulster Rugby chief executive Shane Logan is stepping down. Picture by Hugh Russell

ULSTER Rugby chief executive Shane Logan is to step down from the role in August.

The move follows a season which saw the provincial side in the public spotlight as players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were tried and acquitted of rape.

It also saw the departure of head coaches Les Kiss and Jono Gibbes.

Mr Logan did not specify any reason for leaving in his press statement though there have reportedly been tensions between Ulster and the IRFU over the recruitment of players.

The departing chief executive publicly disagreed with the IRFU's decision not to allow Ulster to give South African Ruan Pienaar a new contract in 2016.

Ulster's recent efforts re-sign the popular scrum-half from Montpellier proved unsuccessful.

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