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The election process for representation on the board of the Welsh Rugby Union for the 2014-2017 term has been completed.

Anthony Buchanan (Llanelli) and Gareth Davies (Newport Gwent Dragons) were the successful candidates for the two WRU National Appointed Director positions available with two new District Appointed Directors in Chris Morgan (District D) and David Young (District B) also voted in.

The 18-strong board will be reformed with its new members at the WRU’s AGM on Sunday 19th October, with the incumbents remaining in position until that time.

Buchanan and Davies won the vote over David Pickering (current WRU chairman, who will now stand down in October), Dai Davies (Newtown) and Dennis Jones (Cefneithin) for the two WRU National Appointed Director positions.

Three of the WRU’s current District Representatives who, like Pickering, had completed current three year terms, stood unopposed.  They are consequently installed for a further 3 year term following the AGM they are: Ken Hewitt, Ray Wilton and Richard Gwynn.

In District B the incumbent Board member Roy Giddings, and Gwyn Bowden (Taffs Well), lost out to David Young (Llandaff North)

In District D, where Aurwel Morgan will stand down, Chris Morgan (Maesteg) won the vote against Cledwyn Edwards (Tonmawr).

WRU President, Mr Dennis Gethin, is unopposed and will therefore continue to serve in office for a further three year term following the AGM.

Pickering will now relinquish his position as chairman of the WRU following October’s AGM and leaves the WRU Board after a 15 year term, although he will remain on the board of Rugby World Cup ltd, to which he was appointed by the International Rugby Board.

An IRB council member for over 10 years he will go down in history as one of the national game’s most distinguished leaders with a truly global reputation.

The former Wales captain was appointed WRU chairman in 2003 and has presided over a new golden era of international success.

The legacy of his tenure will be felt almost immediately when the Millennium Stadium joins England 2015 as hosts for the Rugby World Cup competition next year, with Pickering instrumental in ensuring no less than eight matches will be played in the Welsh capital.