Ryle Nugent has stepped down as Head of Sport in RTÉ 4 years ago

Ryle Nugent has stepped down as Head of Sport in RTÉ

It's a dark day for the rugby community in Ireland as Ryle Nugent leaves RTÉ on the same day as Jamie Heaslip announces his retirement.

On the day that Jamie Heaslip announced that he is to retire from professional rugby, one of the game's biggest cheerleaders is set to leave RTÉ.

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Ryle Nugent - who made his name commentating on Ireland's rugby internationals - has announced that he is leaving his role as RTÉ's Head of Sport.

"After eight years as Group Head of RTÉ Sport, I've decided that it's time for me to move on to take up new challenges," said the erstwhile rugby commentator.

"The last eight years as Group Head have been a genuine privilege and the most rewarding of my career, but as we head into what would be my ninth season at the helm, ninth GAA Championships and third World Cup, I feel it's time to hand the baton on."

Jim Jennings, Director of Content said: "Ryle has made an enormous contribution to RTÉ both in front of and behind the scenes, particularly in the last eight years as Group Head of RTÉ Sport.

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"The fact that RTÉ has maintained such a significant portfolio of sports rights is a tribute to Ryle and all of the team in RTÉ Sport who are dedicated to bringing our national teams and national games to Irish audiences.

"We will continue on that mission, but today is about marking Ryle's contribution. I wish Ryle the very best in all that does and thank him for his commitment and the significant contribution he has made."