Welsh Rugby Union chief executive Steve Phillips is set to officially step down on Sunday.

WalesOnline understands that Phillips will finally fall on his sword following a huge wave of outrage over “toxic” allegations leveled against the union this week, following a telltale BBC documentary on Monday. Phillips tried to stay, insisting that he was still the man to lead the WRU, while chairman Iain Evans backed him to stay when he announced that an outside task force would be created to clean up the game.

These attempts to stay in power proved futile against a backdrop of seething anger and demands for change that made Phillips’ position untenable.

The four Welsh regions, which have long been at loggerheads with WRU bosses over funding, took action on Thursday night in full support of a letter sent to Evans demanding the resignation of Phillips and the entire WRU board. This comes after a number of grassroots Welsh clubs expressed their dismay at the events during seismic week.

Crucially, several top patrons publicly called on the WRU to get its house in order, while politicians also called for big changes at the top.

This comes after the BBC show interviewed a number of former employees who made some horrific allegations. You can read all the details about it here.

One employee was accused of using racist language at a meeting, while another reportedly said he wanted to “rape” a colleague. Another woman says that she contemplated suicide because of bullying at the WRU.

It also emerged that former Rugby Professional Council Chair Amanda Blank had warned the union that it was facing Equality and diversity ‘ticking time bomb’ in his devastating 2021 resignation speech.

Phillips’ interim replacement will likely be announced shortly before the search for a new permanent CEO. The time has come, as the WRU and all four regions are still officially backing a new funding deal that will allow players to receive contracts after this season.

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