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Senior figure resigns from The FA

The Rugby Association's director of marketing and commu­nica­tions Julian Eccles has resigned from the post.

Eccles was in the post for less than a year and follows other high profile resignations in the past 18 months.

The role, which combined both PR and marketing for the first time, was initially given to Julian Eccles by previous FA Chief Executive Ian Watmore. But by the time he began his role, FA Chief Executive Ian Watmore quit after the 2010 World Cup due to frustrations at vested interests ion the board and was followed by Chairman Lord Triesman, who resigned following a newspaper sting.

The FA general secretary, Alex Horne, said: "I would like to thank Julian for his contribution to the FA and wish him well for the future. He has been very professional throughout his time here and I am grateful to him for introducing a number of valuable initiatives and ideas to the orga­nisa­tion. Details of how the FA will manage the functions within commu­nica­tions, marketing and public affairs will be communicated in due course."

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