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Brindley replaces Barwick as RLWC chair

Chris Brindley MBE has been named chair of the board for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, which will be held in England.

Brindley will replace Brian Barwick, who stepped down as chair of the tournament in April when announcing plans to step aside as chair of the Rugby Football League, the governing body of rugby league in England.

Brindley has been a member of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup board since 2018. He has previously held senior roles with the likes of NatWest, British Gas and Metro Bank, and non-executive roles with the RFL, Manchester Football Association and Switch the Play. He also served as chair of GreaterSport from 2007 to 2018.

Tournament chief executive Jon Dutton said: “Chris offers a unique set of experiences, which include working with elite athletes and using sport as the inspirational learning model to inspire success within business. His previous successes at GreaterSport will really support our ambitious legacy programme. This epitomises the work which is at the core of RLWC2021’s ethos, and as an already valuable member of our board, his promotion to chair of the board is well deserved.”

The 2021 Rugby League World Cup will be held in England from October 23 to November 27. It will mark the first time that the men’s and women’s World Cup and the wheelchair tournaments are held alongside each other.