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Just now, Man of Kent said:

The guy who was the de facto head of the IRL - Danny Kazandjian - is now secretary-general, a paid FT position. 

"The only full-time employees are myself and Jeremy Edwards, who is the General Manager for the Southern Hemisphere. We also have six other staff members who have part-time roles, including Niel Wood, who is responsible for our media relations, and Stuart Cummings, who is our Match Officials Manager.

"Then we have Sara Piper, who is responsible for our digital presence. She has worked with the NRL and was Head of Digital for the 2017 World Cup. She is now based in Manchester and is involved in the forthcoming World Cup in England.

"We are also seeking to add a commercial manager to support our strategic imperative, which is monetising the international calendar."

https://www.totalrl.com/danny-kazandjian-planning-an-international-future-part-1/

The interview does mention that the IRL is also looking to commercialise some IP - whatever that is. I listened walking the dog this morning and he comes across very well.

Of course the WC would have been their go to source of funds.

He also seems to be the main driver of the France WC bid.

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2 hours ago, gingerjon said:

The IRL appears to have seven paid members of staff.

Corner shops have more.

As little as 2-3 years ago, I think they only had ONE and a few volunteers.

It is progress.

But then again, not enough employees, people say it is a joke. More employees, and people call it a gravy train. Cannot win really. 

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1 hour ago, Eddie said:

Ok so we know there are a handful of full time employees (though less than at Ginger John’s local corner shop), but does anyone know how they’re funded? 

Have a read.

https://www.intrl.sport/annual-reports/

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10 hours ago, Man of Kent said:

Grant (who’s an unpaid volunteer) says IRL is aiming to publish a new international calendar by the end of the year. It was due out last month but was delayed for obvious reasons.

France is the IRL’s number one priority, to strengthen the European game. Stronger France = stronger England etc.

The 2025 RLWC in France will have four comps - men, women, wheelchair and youth. There’s also planned to be a PDRL comp affiliated to the 2025 RLWC.

Grant is also keen on Pacific nations playing tests in Europe. 

The 9s WC is still planned for 2023. 

 

I hope Grant turns out otherwise but I have fears he will just end up as a go-between with SL and the NRL.  On the face of it he is neutral but I have strong doubts.

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Really interesting interview, I continue to be impressed by Grant. Particularly enjoyed the insight into how and why the IRL is being completely restructured. He also clearly understands the importance of building relationships which are mutually beneficial to both the IRL and stakeholders. He appears to understand long term strategic thinking too, the SL should get him in as a guest speaker at their next head scratching event.

This is the problem with RL, I seem to be stuck in an endless purgatory-type cycle. I get completely and utterly fed up with it due to all the self-interest and in-fighting, but then someone or something comes along and gives me hope and optimism again. I'm quite sure the game will now decide to give me an emotional kicking again in a few days....

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1 hour ago, Whippet13 said:

Really interesting interview, I continue to be impressed by Grant. Particularly enjoyed the insight into how and why the IRL is being completely restructured. He also clearly understands the importance of building relationships which are mutually beneficial to both the IRL and stakeholders. He appears to understand long term strategic thinking too, the SL should get him in as a guest speaker at their next head scratching event.

This is the problem with RL, I seem to be stuck in an endless purgatory-type cycle. I get completely and utterly fed up with it due to all the self-interest and in-fighting, but then someone or something comes along and gives me hope and optimism again. I'm quite sure the game will now decide to give me an emotional kicking again in a few days....

It's the hope that kills you.

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1 hour ago, Whippet13 said:

Really interesting interview, I continue to be impressed by Grant. Particularly enjoyed the insight into how and why the IRL is being completely restructured. He also clearly understands the importance of building relationships which are mutually beneficial to both the IRL and stakeholders. He appears to understand long term strategic thinking too, the SL should get him in as a guest speaker at their next head scratching event.

This is the problem with RL, I seem to be stuck in an endless purgatory-type cycle. I get completely and utterly fed up with it due to all the self-interest and in-fighting, but then someone or something comes along and gives me hope and optimism again. I'm quite sure the game will now decide to give me an emotional kicking again in a few days....

We will see on the coming months.

The knives are out for the IRL.  

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16 minutes ago, Lowdesert said:

We will see on the coming months.

The knives are out for the IRL.  

Knife, not knives, and quite likely a blunt one.

The IRL aren't reliant on the NRL for funding or resources and they now know 14 of the biggest 16 RL nations absolutely want proper international RL and a WC for all the funding and sponsorship revenue it brings them.

The NRL now have bigger fish to fry than going after the IRL, they are going to be very busy looking after their own back yard for the next year at least with disgruntled players and huge losses yet again this year to cope with and recover from.

I think the IRL will be absolutely fine so long as they are careful to watch their backs. Once we get through the WC they will have serious funding in the bank for the first time ever and another WC following up in just 3 years.

I think Grant will be running the NRL for at least the next 4 years, the French WC bid is 100% his baby and he likely has a legacy in mind here to deliver that, get the next one scheduled and create a sustainable and effective organisation.

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2 minutes ago, Whippet13 said:

The IRL aren't reliant on the NRL for funding or resources and they now know 14 of the biggest 16 RL nations absolutely want proper international RL and a WC for all the funding and sponsorship revenue it brings them.

Players are a resource, the most important of all. Unfortunately the sorry World Cup saga has shown that the IRL is dependent on the NRL when it comes to players, to the extent that it affects probably 8 of the top 10 nations.

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8 hours ago, Whippet13 said:

Knife, not knives, and quite likely a blunt one.

The IRL aren't reliant on the NRL for funding or resources and they now know 14 of the biggest 16 RL nations absolutely want proper international RL and a WC for all the funding and sponsorship revenue it brings them.

The NRL now have bigger fish to fry than going after the IRL, they are going to be very busy looking after their own back yard for the next year at least with disgruntled players and huge losses yet again this year to cope with and recover from.

I think the IRL will be absolutely fine so long as they are careful to watch their backs. Once we get through the WC they will have serious funding in the bank for the first time ever and another WC following up in just 3 years.

I think Grant will be running the NRL for at least the next 4 years, the French WC bid is 100% his baby and he likely has a legacy in mind here to deliver that, get the next one scheduled and create a sustainable and effective organisation.

Sorry, the French will do most of that.  The IRL might have some interface but it will be minimal, other than some funding options.

The key to the IRL conundrum is in the OP - what do they actually do?  

Well, their website indicates what they are about but the NRL have absolutely ignored them.  The strap line below really is a statement of a low level integration with the game.  In each and every one of these disciplines the question could be asked ‘at what level?’ and ‘how much?’  

FOSTER, DEVELOP, PROMULGATE, PROMOTE, GOVERN AND ADMINISTER THE GAME OF RUGBY LEAGUE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. 

It does this by bringing together the Member nations, of which there are 19 full Members, 16 affiliate Members and 19 observer Members. 

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