Motu Tony appointed to New Zealand board

Drew Darbyshire

New Zealand Rugby League have appointed Motu Tony as their new independent board director.

Tony replaces John Bishop who has retired after eight years of service to the NZRL board.

He has attained board experience with Baseball New Zealand, the New Zealand rugby union advisory panel and the Rugby Football League disciplinary review panel committee.

In addition to this, Tony is currently the interim chief executive officer at Baseball New Zealand following a successful spell as general manager of football operations at Hull FC in Super League.

NZRL chairman Reon Edwards is pleased to welcome Tony to the board.

He said: “Following the Castle review, it was imperative that we took on board the recommendation to make appointments that inject more high-performance knowledge into our organisation.

“As a proven sports leader, administrator and director with almost 20 years of experience in professional sport as both an athlete and administrator, Motu Tony more than fits the bill.

“We anticipate Motu will provide real value as we look to review the draft strategic plan with the help of the newly appointed CEO Greg Peters.”