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Michael Gibson - Communications and PR Lead

What attracted you to working for RLWC2021?

A World Cup is the pinnacle of any sport for the players and the fans alike - it is also true for administrators who have the opportunity to deliver the best possible stage for the players and a world class experience for fans. The feeling of working towards a global sporting event is unique and rewarding – collectively within the global Rugby League family there is a huge opportunity to create history next Autumn and put the sport at the top of the sporting agenda.

I have been lucky enough to work on two World Cups in cricket and witness how the sport captured the imagination of an audience around the world and I am really excited and privileged to build on my world event experience by joining a dynamic team that is determined to deliver the best ever Rugby League World Cup.

What is your favourite sporting memory?

I have been so lucky to see so many great sports events: Nadal v Federer 5 set epic in Wimbledon final 2008; Watch England in the FIFA World Cups in 2014 and 2018; Wales in Euro 2016 quarter finals, David Beckham v Greece in 2001 – THAT freekick! The list goes on…but professionally it has to be the 'double' England World Cup wins in Cricket. To see Lord’s full to the rafters for a women’s final was a landmark moment for the women’s game made better by an England win and the only words needed to describe the men’s final are “super-over” – who knows I could be a lucky charm for England at RWC21!

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