Wood Steps Down From RFL, Steps Up To RLIF

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5 January 2018

The Rugby Football League’s chief executive, Nigel Wood has confirmed that he is to stand down after serving 10 years in the post to become chief executive of RLIF.

Wood will take up the office later in the year and will follow inaugural CEO David Collier OBE into the role. He will also stand down as RLIF chairman as a consequence. The RLIF board will consider nominations for its next chair in February 2018.

Wood became chief executive of the RFL and Super League in 2007 and has been a 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.

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 than to 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

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