3 Apr 2019
Brian Barwick announced as President of Rugby League World Cup 2021
Barwick becomes inaugural President of the tournament
Following the announcement by the Rugby Football League (RFL), the Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) can confirm the appointment of Brian Barwick as the tournament’s newly appointed President, stepping down from his current role as Chair of the Board from July 2019.
Explaining his decision, Brian Barwick wrote:
“I was delighted to be the Chairman of the successful Rugby League World Cup 2021 bid and subsequently the Chairman of the organisation tasked with delivering the biggest and boldest Rugby League World Cup there has ever been. I will stand down from that post too, but am absolutely delighted to accept an offer to be the organisation's President and will continue to do my bit in helping deliver a stand-out international event in this country: a World Cup that will encompass men's, women's and wheelchair team competitions staged in some of the country's finest stadiums and in the heartland of the game.
RLWC2021 Chief Executive, Jon Dutton, added:
“Brian has been an integral part of the RLWC2021 journey from chairing the original bid back in 2016. Brian has overseen significant progress since that point including the recently announced selection of venues. On behalf of the RLWC2021 Board I would like to record our appreciation to Brian for his significant contribution, leadership and guidance. His new role as President will give him the chance to continue to influence the tournament at a senior level”.
The RFL’s Nominations Committee will now agree the process for the appointment of a successor as Chair of RLWC2021.