The IRFU has confirmed that the Ireland men's team manager Paul Dean has announced that he is stepping down from his role with immediate effect.
Dean worked alongside Joe Schmidt through three Six Nations Championships - including the Grand Slam win in 2018.
The former Ireland international was also part of two summer tours, including the historic test series win in Australia and the famous win over New Zealand in Dublin was one of seven November international fixtures he played a part in.
Dean has been involved in the game since his school days at St Mary's and he made his international debut against South Africa in 1981 before going on to earn 32 caps and winning two Triple Crowns.
He also played at the first Rugby World Cup in 1987 and departs his team manager role following the 2019 tournament, some 32 years later.
Dean spoke about some of the highlights he experienced during his tenure.
"I have enjoyed working with all the team, management, players and administrators at the IRFU for the past three seasons," said Dean.
"The Grand Slam, the victory in Australia and the home win over New Zealand are obvious stand-out moments, but even when things were not going our way it was a privilege to work alongside this great team of people."
Following the end of Schmidt's tenure as head coach, Andy Farrell has stepped up into the role and Dean felt that the time was right to move aside himself.
"Over the past few weeks I have concluded that as the team enters another four-year cycle, to France 2023, it is time for me to step away," added Dean.
"I wish Andy and all the management and players the very best for the years ahead and I thank my family for allowing me the time to work with a great Irish team."