Brian Barwick to leave the RFL – but take on role with RLWC 2021

Brian Barwick has confirmed he will stand down as the chairman of the RFL.

Barwick informed stakeholders that he will not seek a third term in charge and will step down from the role on July 24th of this year.

However, he will remain within the sport after the Rugby League World Cup 2021 team confirmed he will be appointed as president of the competition.

Barwick, who had previously worked as the chief executive of the FA before taking on the role at the RFL, has been in his current role for over six years.

He will also step down as Chair of Super League Europe and Rugby League World Cup 2021.

Simon Johnson, currently the RFL’s Senior Independent Director, will act as Interim Chair of the RFL from July 24th until a new Chair is able to start.

Ralph Rimmer, the RFL Chief Executive, said: “Brian has shown real leadership since he took on the role of Chairman and has been a great figurehead for the sport. He truly loves the sport and his passion for it, and the people within it, has shone through over his six years in charge. He has been a key driver in helping navigate through what have been some choppy waters and now steps down having delivered some real change. He is thoroughly deserving of his new RLWC2021 role and beyond that will always be welcome in our sport. We would hope to see plenty of him in the future.”