RLIF chairman Scott Carter is to step down from his role with the international federation and New Zealand rugby league.
In the week that the World Cup review took place, revealing a profit in excess of £3.7m, Carter’s departure leaves a vacancy for a new leader to help drive the future of the international game.
He has spent the last five years overseeing reform at NZRL, securing them a permanent seat on the RLIF council, and co-hosting rights for the next World Cup in 2017.
Carter said: “If there is a perfect time for me to step down from the chair, this is it.
“We’ve come a long way over the past few years, which is a credit to the NZRL board and staff, particularly the three chief executives during that time – Murray McCaw, Jim Doyle and Phil Holden.
“After a year in the job, Phil now has the reins firmly in hand and has set our course for the new strategic cycle. It’s time for me to pass the baton on to my successor.”