Rugby League

SIX NATIONS RUGBY APPOINT RONAN DUNNE AS NON-EXEC CHAIR

Six Nations Rugby has announced that Ronan Dunne has been appointed as Non-Executive Chairman. 

The Six Nations Board is the newly formed body overseeing the commercial and marketing operations for the Men’s, Women’s and Under-20 Six Nations championships as well as the Autumn Nations Series. 

With more than two decades of executive experience in the media, digital and data world, Dunne will provide strategic direction to Six Nations Rugby’s senior executive team, led by Chief Executive Officer Ben Morel. 

Premiership duo to use PROTECHT system

Sports & Wellbeing Analytics (SWA) has announced that Gallagher Premiership champions Harlequins and fellow top-flight club Gloucester Rugby have renewed their partnership for the duration of the 2021/2022 campaign.

The Premiership duo will implement SWA’s cutting edge PROTECHT solution across their senior playing squads after the pair successfully trialled the ground-breaking contact loading measurement tool throughout the 2020/21 campaign.

RFL celebrates its 125th anniversary

The RFL is marking its 125-year anniversary with a year-long celebration involving the game’s most passionate supporters and some of its most iconic moments, immortalised in a new video to kick off the year.

The league promises more content throughout 2020 to celebrate the occasion, featuring some of the sport’s greatest moments as well as some of the most important people in Rugby League history.

Duke of Sussex to conduct Rugby League World Cup draw

Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) has announced that HRH The Duke of Sussex will host the tournament draws at Buckingham Palace on 16th January 2020.

The draws, which will see the 16 men’s, eight women’s and eight wheelchair nations placed into groups for their respective tournaments, will take place at the Palace and streamed live across the RLWC2021 and The Royal Family’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.

RLWC2021 announces raft of new hires

The Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) has made four new appointments as well as naming a permanent COO as it ramps up build-up to the tournament, taking place in England.

Terri Lynam has joined the organisation as Head of Customer, having previously worked on the delivery of a host of major sporting events including the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, 2015 Rugby World Cup , and the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final, while Stephen Brown has become the permanent COO, having already been in the role since the start of the year on an acting basis. 

Rugby League World Cup 2021 confirms equal participation fees

The Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) has confirmed that women and wheelchair nations will receive the same participation fees as men’s nations at the tournament, which will be held in England.

The news marks the first time that women’s and wheelchair nations will receive a participation fee of any kind at the tournament, and the organisers have committed to ensuring that this fee matches the men’s nations.

Georgia Roche’s Hero’s Journey

Car manufacturer Dacia has revealed a new social documentary in partnership with the Rugby Football League which details the journey of Castleford Tigers Women scrum half Georgia Roche.

The spot, released across Dacia and RFL’s social platforms, sees Roche discuss her journey as an athlete and as a woman in rugby league. The series will feature three other ‘heroes’.

In 2018, Roche was named as the first ever Woman of Steel, an award previously reserved for men which celebrates the best player in UK rugby league.

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