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Barwick to step down as RFL chair

Brian Barwick is to step down from his role as chair of the Rugby Football League, the governing body of rugby league in England.

Barwick will also step down from his position as chair of Super League Europe and the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, which will be held in England. He has been appointed to the new role of president of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.

Barwick, who first became RFL chair in February 2013, will step down from the role following the RFL Council Meeting on July 24 after informing clubs and stakeholders that he would not be seeking a third term.

The RFL Board Nominations Committee will meet to agree the process of appointing Barwick’s successor, with the decision requiring ratification from the RFL Council and Rugby League World Cup 2021.

Simon Johnson, the RFL’s senior independent director, will serve as interim chair of the body from July 24 until Barwick’s replacement is ready to start.

Barwick said: “With over four decades in and around top-class sport behind me‎, I feel it is time now to scale back on some of my wide range of activities.

“I have played a central part in the governance changes and restructuring of the game that has taken place over the past 18 months and at times it proved very challenging – and so it should have. However I was determined to stay in my current role until a satisfactory conclusion was reached – which is now imminent.”

Barwick formerly served as chief executive of the English Football Association.