Michael Lawrence: Huddersfield Giants forward to sit on RFL's inclusion board
The Rugby Football League's inclusion board was launched on Tuesday as part of the governing body's commitment to diversity, inclusion and anti-discrimination; it will meet four times a year, with its members drawn from a wide range of backgrounds
By PA Media
Last Updated: 02/02/21 12:04pm
Huddersfield's Jamaica international Michael Lawrence will help spearhead rugby league's bid to become a truly inclusive sport.
The 30-year-old forward, who was Super League's top tackler in 2020, will sit on the Rugby Football League's inclusion board which was launched on Tuesday as part of the governing body's commitment to diversity, inclusion and anti-discrimination.
The board will meet four times a year and members, drawn from a wide range of backgrounds such as education, media, business and retail, will serve two-year terms, after which they will be eligible for reappointment.
Other members include media consultant Aaqil Ahmed, education programme manager Aisha Suleiman and former Rugby AM presenter Alex Simmons.
RFL chair Simon Johnson said: "Through TACKLE IT the whole game has made a commitment to meet discrimination head on and break down any barriers to involvement in rugby league.
"I've been asked 'what does success look like?'. It is a game that is fully representative of its communities and where we make the most of the immense talent, passion, skills and experience which exists.
"This work complements, and accelerates, our work on the gender balance in our sport and LGBQT and disability inclusion."