RUGBY icon Gerald Davies has decided not to seek re-election to the board of the Welsh Rugby Union.

The 69-year-old has been one of the governing body's two national representatives since 2005 but will not go for a second term.

Former wing Davies, who was capped 46 times by Wales and toured South Africa and New Zealand with the Lions, told the WRU's clubs of his decision in a letter, writing: "I do so with considerable sadness because rugby union has played such a significant part in my life as a player and as an administrator.

"On and off the field I hope I have demonstrated my passion and commitment to the game at all levels and I have endeavoured at all times to bring my lifetime's experience and knowledge to help contribute to the well-being of the game and all those who are involved in it throughout Wales as well as on the international stage."

Davies gave a passionate speech at last month's extraordinary general meeting of the governing body in Port Talbot, saying that the Union was "not held in high regard". He leaves with a message that change is needed.

"I have always believed and stated that as rugby changes so its organisation must also change and develop for the common good of all," he wrote.

"I do not wish to sever my ties completely with rugby and will constantly look for opportunities to encourage and support the game that is so dear to my heart.

"I will watch with interest how the WRU meets the many challenges ahead.

"As the custodian of this wonderful game in Wales it has a huge task and I wish those who follow me onto the union every success in the future."

Chairman David Pickering and Martyn Davies, who has special responsibility for financial affairs, were national representatives alongside Gerald Davies.