IRL recommend Tonga National Rugby League governance reform

Drew Darbyshire

The International Rugby League has recommended a package of reforms for Tonga National Rugby League following an investigation. 

The investigation was initiated after concerns were raised from the Office of the Prime Minister of Tonga, the Tonga Sports Council, the Rugby Football League, the Australian Rugby League Commission and the Rugby League Players Association, which led to the suspension of TNRL’s membership of International Rugby League late September.

The report concluded that changes to the governance structure of TNRL will support a more effective, unified organisation that better reflects the complexion of the Tongan rugby league movement.

The key recommendations are:

  • The formation of an independent implementation committee to liaise with stakeholders throughout the reform process
  • A board whose positions are balanced between multiple electorates, including players, clubs, the diaspora and independents
  • New rules to regulate clubs’ status as voting members of the general assembly

There will now be a 30-day period of consultation before a final plan is presented for adoption and implementation by Tongan rugby league.

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