RFL appoints former FA chief Brian Barwick as new chairman

The RFL has appointed former Football Association chief executive Brian Barwick as its new chairman.

Barwick, who will take up the part-time position as non-executive chairman on Friday, has also previously worked as Controller of Sport at ITV and a held a number of key roles within the BBC, including Head of Television Sport.

RFL chief executive Nigel Wood said: “I am delighted that we have been able to attract a sports administrator of Brian’s calibre. His track record speaks for itself.

“Brian’s considerable experience will help us take the game forward as Rugby League prepares to embark on the most important year in its history with a competitive Super League, a new-look Championships and, of course, the Rugby League World Cup in England and Wales this autumn.”

Barwick was involved in the appointment of two England football managers and his time at the FA took in the completion of the new Wembley Stadium. He attended his first meeting of the RFL’s independent Board of Directors today.

He said: “I am absolutely delighted to accept the position as the new Chairman of the RFL. Rugby League is a sport I have a genuine respect and affection for and I am determined to spread the word about what a great sport Rugby League is, especially at this exciting time when we host the Rugby League World Cup in England Wales.

“The RFL is a widely respected governing body, with an exceptionally strong management team which has produced outstanding results over the last decade and I am very much looking forward to joining the Board and working with my new colleagues to take this great game forward.”

Interim chairman Maurice Watkins has since taken on a role with British swimming.

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