Michael Lawrence aims to grow diversity in rugby league

Michael Lawrence is set to return for Huddersfield this week

Huddersfield and Jamaica forward Michael Lawrence is aiming to grow diversity within the rugby league community.

The 30-year-old has become a member of the Rugby Football League’s inclusion board as part of the governing body’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and anti-discrimination.

The board will meet four times a year and members will serve two-year terms, after which they will be eligible for reappointment.

On becoming part of the inclusion board, Lawrence said: “It definitely means a lot.

“Obviously the situations that arose last year and at the back end of last season were very personal and something that I could really relate to, so I wanted to make sure personally that I didn’t just start the process – I wanted to see it through and hopefully be a part of some actual change.

“We’ll tackle an action plan and basically it is for inclusivity, diversity and anti-discrimination.

“I believe that the sport can become more diverse. There are all these different communities in the heartland of rugby league and I believe rugby league can do more in those communities to draw them different fanbases to the sport.”

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