Nigel Wood named chairman of Rugby League International Federation
Nigel Wood has been confirmed as the new chairman of the Rugby League International Federation.
Last Updated: 02/05/14 4:05pm
Wood, who will retain his full-time role as chief executive of the Rugby Football League and Super League (Europe), steps up from the post of vice-chairman to succeed New Zealander Scott Carter, who has quit for business reasons.
The appointment of Wood, who is the first Englishman to hold the post since Maurice Lindsay in 1998, was confirmed at the RLIF's annual meeting in Sydney, where Australian Rugby League Commission chief executive Dave Smith was appointed as vice-chairman.
Wood was the brains behind the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, which netted the RFIL some £3.7m, and he has promised some of this revenue towards the appointment of a dedicated full-time executive that will raise the profile of the international game.
He said: "I feel proud and privileged to be given the opportunity to chair the RLIF at such an exciting time in the sport's history.
"The appeal of international competition was underlined by the recent Rugby League World Cup, the success of which has created a platform that will enable us to grow the game around the globe.
"The RLIF has long acknowledged the primacy of international competition and the need to create more opportunities for rugby league players to represent their country on the biggest stage.
"We made a commitment some time ago to put in place a dedicated executive team to realise the aims and ambitions of the RLIF and the resources that we now have from the RLWC2013 will allow us to begin that process."