Cardiff Blues can today confirm Rugby General Manager Billy Millard will leave the region at the end of the season.
The Australian, who previously served as backs coach between 2008 and 2010, has resigned from the post to move back to his family’s home in Galway, Ireland.
Millard re-joined Wales’ Capital Region in 2015 and was tasked with taking the lead on player recruitment, release and retention, to control the budgets within the rugby department and represent the club at all relevant WRU meetings.
Speaking of the decision Millard said: “It was a very difficult decision to make and I am very grateful to everybody at Cardiff Blues for the opportunities afforded to me.
“An opportunity arose for my wife back in her home town of Galway and with the best interests of our family at heart, we have decided to move back.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Cardiff Blues and have so many fond memories. Despite the challenging climate I am confident the region is heading in the right direction and wish them every success for the future.”
During his first stint at the region Millard won both the Amlin Challenge Cup, EDF Energy Cup and was involved in the infamous Heineken Cup semi-final against Leicester Tigers.
He has previously worked as Head Coach with the Melbourne Rebels, Australian Men’s Sevens and Sydney University and Backs/Attack coach for Connacht Rugby and the USA National team
Cardiff Blues chief executive Richard Holland said: “We are naturally disappointed that Billy is leaving but fully understand and support his decision.
“He has been an outstanding servant to our region and has made a big impact and will be greatly missed. We wish Billy and his family well for their future back in Galway.”