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Rugby League World Cup finalises board

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.

npower super charges Wigan Warriors

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.

Ladbrokes extends Challenge Cup deal

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.

RFL to launch Women's Super League

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.

Dacia launches #FlairPlay community programme

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 to host 2025 Rugby League World Cup

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.

The Big Interview: RFL

Jon Dutton, director of projects & people at the Rugby Football League, spoke to Sport Industry Group about securing the bid for a Rugby League World Cup on home soil and the commercial impact of a national footprint for the sport…

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England win Rugby League World Cup bid

The Rugby Football League (RFL) has announced it has been successful in England’s bid to host the Rugby League World Cup in 2021.

The Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) announced earlier today that England had beaten off competition from the USA/Canada to host the 31 game men’s tournament alongside the women’s and wheelchair tournament in five years’ time.


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