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Wood to step down as Chief Executive of the RFL

The Rugby Football League’s Chief Executive Nigel Wood has confirmed that he is to stand down after serving 10 years in the post.

Wood, who became Chief Executive of the Rugby Football League and Super League in 2007, has been a Rugby Football League Board Member for sixteen years and will leave the organisation this month.

Wood, who is one of the longest serving administrators in the sport, was one of the two original creators of Super League Ltd and instrumental in devising the Grand Final concept in 1998. He was also behind the introduction of the Magic Weekend, first brought into the sport in 2008 and secured the biggest commercial deal in the sports history with long term broadcast partner Sky Sports in 2014.

Nigel Wood, said: “I am extremely honoured and privileged to have served as Chief Executive of the Rugby Football League. I am an unashamed Rugby League fan and can think of no greater honour that be asked to fulfil the role of CEO for the Rugby Football League. However leadership presents many tests, and the greatest of these is to recognise when it is time to step out and this is the right moment to do so. I would like to place on record my unreserved thanks to the many excellent colleagues, the clubs and all those that I have worked with throughout the last sixteen years and wish them the best of luck for the future.”

Confirming the departure, Chairman of the Rugby Football League, Brian Barwick, said: “Nigel has been a superb administrator, innovator and advocate for the sport of Rugby League in this country. His range of achievements in the sport speak for themselves and he has brought a genuine love of the game to his work over many years. His time at the helm of the Rugby Football League will always be looked upon warmly and with great respect.”

After overseeing one of the most successful Rugby League World Cup’s ever in 2013, Wood recently helped the Rugby Football League secure £25 million in additional Government funding to deliver the 2021 World Cup and improve facilities for Rugby League across the country. Wood will continue as Chairman of the Rugby League World Cup 2021 Ltd.

Wood also played a key role in expanding the horizons of English Rugby League, introducing the Catalans Dragons and the Toronto Wolfpack to the league structure, while his appointment of Wayne Bennett as Head Coach of England saw the national side reach the final of the World Cup for the first time in 22 years.

Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer will act as interim Chief Executive while the Rugby Football League Board begin the search for a new Chief Executive.

Nigel Wood photo credit: SWPix



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This is vital for the club and its finances which, as you all know, have taken a massive hit in the past 12 months.

Collectors will be returning to door-to-door visits in the next few weeks and we hope people who suspended payments will pick up where they left off as we strive and work hard to get back to where we were before the pandemic caused us to lose 50 per cent of our lottery income.

Many of our regular punters, who would normally pay a collector, have answered our calls for help by finding other ways to pay and to retain their chances of winning prizes.

To those people we are very grateful and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them once again for their loyal and continued support.

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In the meantime you can join, or start up again, by contacting the club on 07904 898177 or by email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

For more information about the lottery, and for the “great opportunities” provided by our partnership with the National Youth and Community Development Association (NYCDA) go our Club Cash page.

There, you will find all the results and a detailed statement about getting back to normal with the help of our not-for-profit partners.

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