New Zealand rugby
Hobbs NZRU resignation likely
ESPNscrum Staff
November 21, 2010
NZRU chairman Jock Hobbs studies the agenda, New Zealand Rugby Union Annual General Meeting, NZRU HQ, Wellington, New Zealand, April 22, 2010
NZRU chairman Jock Hobbs © Getty Images

New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) chairman Jock Hobbs is likely to formally step down from his position as his battle with leukaemia worsens.

Hobbs took sick leave from his job at the top of New Zealand rugby in May after being diagnosed with the condition.

The Sunday Star-Times said it understood his health has taken a turn for the worse in recent weeks and he has decided to tender his formal resignation at the NZRU's next board meeting next month.

NZRU chief executive Steve Tew said an announcement on Hobbs' future would be made then but would not say what it was and that the Hobbs family had asked that their privacy be respected until they were ready to talk publicly about his decision.

Hobbs, who was elected NZRU chairman in 2002, played 21 tests for the All Blacks before he retired in 1986.

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