The Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) has announced its legacy programme, as well as a new partnership with Unicef UK, which becomes the official charity of the tournament.
The programme, ‘Inspired by 2021’, will comprise of three strands: volunteers, facilities and community engagement. According to organisers, the programme will look to use the tournament as a catalyst to develop the game of rugby league and engage with the widest possible audience.
Dacia has become the principal partner of England Rugby League ahead of this year’s Denver Test and International Series against the New Zealand Kiwis.
The four-year deal will see Dacia take a place on the front of the national team’s playing shirts across England Men’s, Knights, Academy, Youth, Women and Wheelchair teams, until the end of 2021, including the next Rugby League World Cup, which will be held in England in 2021.
The Rugby League World Cup 2021 has announced the appointment of Brian Barwick as the tournament’s chair of the board, replacing Nigel Wood, while Chris Brindley and Karen Moorhouse have also been confirmed to join the board.
Wood was appointed chief executive of the Rugby League International Federation in January.
Brian Barwick is currently chairman of the Rugby Football League (RFL) and Super League Europe and was formerly CEO of The Football Association.
The Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) has appointed Nigel Wood to be its new chief executive.
Wood will take up the office later in the year and will follow inaugural CEO David Collier OBE into the role. He will also stand down as RLIF chairman as a consequence. The RLIF board will consider nominations for its next chair in February 2018.
Wigan Warrior’s official energy partner, npower, has unveiled the club’s new shirt for the 2018 season, featuring shoulder logo placement for the first time in Rugby League.
Throughout the season, npower will be measuring the energy output of the club’s players and fans, and will demonstrate how their combined ‘Super Powers’ directly impact on the team’s performance and success on the pitch. npower’s new concept to measure fan energy will be revealed ahead of the first match of the new season.
An application has been made to the Rugby Football League from a New York-based consortium, which could see them play in League 1 from 2019.
The bid for a North American-based team follows in the footsteps of the Toronto Wolfpack, who were promoted from League 1 to the Championship, the game’s second tier, at the first attempt last season, drawing crowds of over 7,000.
The Rugby Football League (RFL) and Ladbrokes have agreed an extension to the current partnership that will see the betting and gaming organisation remain as title sponsor of Rugby League competition, the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.
The one-year extension to the current deal is announced the week of the 2017 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final, which will see Hull FC take on Wigan Warriors.
The Rugby Football League (RFL) is working on plans to launch a Women’s Super League this summer, according to media reports.
The league will bring together elite teams from the women’s game into a professionally-run competition, alongside the men’s Betfred Super League.
Teams which currently operate as community clubs will be aligned to men’s Super League outfits, but the players will remain amateur.
Rugby league stars including Sam Tomkins and Kallum Watkins have helped launch Dacia #FlairPlay, a new community programme for rugby league clubs providing opportunities for grassroots players to win professional training sessions.
The car brand, a partner to the Rugby Football League, is encouraging community club players around the country to share their most skillful maneuvers for the chance to earn a place in the Dacia Skill Showroom, where the best entries will be judged by a panel to win a professional training session for their club.
North America will host the 2025 Rugby League World Cup, following support of the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF).
The USA and Canada will host the 2025 edition, following its unsuccessful bid for the 2021 tournament which was awarded to England last month.
The decision was made at the RLIF annual meeting, where Nigel Wood - CEO of RFL in the UK - and Australia’s John Grant were re-elected as chairman and deputy chairman respectively for the next two years.
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