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Wood to depart as International Rugby League CEO

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International Rugby League (IRL), the sport’s world governing body, is searching for a new chief executive after Nigel Wood announced he will retire from the position at the end of the year.

Wood has been a member of the Rugby League International Board for 18 years and has held the positions of deputy chair, chair and latterly, chief executive. He was appointed as the new chief executive in January 2018, days after announcing that he would step down from the same position at the Rugby Football League, the sport’s governing body in England.

Commenting on the decision to step down from his IRL position, Wood said: “I’m proud of the growth and diversification of international rugby league since 2000 and I am looking forward to watching the most inclusive World Cup next year when men, women and wheelchair players will compete on an equal basis.

“International rugby league represents the greatest opportunity rugby league has to move to the next level and I know there are some exciting plans ahead.”

The Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) rebranded as International Rugby League in October.