RLIF recruits 2017 World Cup director Edwards
The Rugby League International Federation, the sport's governing body, has appointed Jeremy Edwards as southern hemisphere general manager, the first hire under the tenure of new chief executive Nigel Wood.
Edwards will be based in Sydney, Australia, and oversee all the members of the Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation.
He has more than 20 years’ experience as an event manager and sports administrator, most recently serving as tournament director for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup held in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
Edwards also worked within the organising committees of the London 2012 Olympic Games and the Baku 2015 European Games.
He said: "My involvement with the 2017 Rugby League World Cup gave me a great insight into the huge potential for growth in the international game. The World Cup reached a global television audience of 20 million. Working closely with the Pacific nations I could see the opportunity the game has to broaden its boundaries and it became an ambition of mine to work with the federation and be part of a ground-breaking era."
Wood, the former RLIF chairman who officially took office on 4 June, said: "I am really pleased to welcome Jeremy into our organisation, he brings a wealth of experience from across sports and sports events and has a specific feel for international rugby league thanks to his recent role with RLWC2017.
"These are exciting times for the international game with opportunities in abundance, it is good to build a team to optimise those opportunities for the benefit of every one in the sport and those yet to join us."
The RLIF is in the process of recruiting a general manger RLIF operations, based in the UK, who will have global management responsibility for anti-doping, integrity, member eligibility and ongoing accreditation, maintenance of the international calendar and match sanctioning.
He or she will also be responsible for the governing body's ongoing push for membership of the International Olympic Committee, GAISF, the umbrella body of international sports federations, and the Commonwealth Games Federation.