International Rugby League Chair looks forward to 2021

Published by IRL
22 Dec 2020

International Rugby League (IRL) Chair, Greg Barclay has sent best wishes to the global rugby league community in an end of year message.

“This has been a remarkable year and one of the biggest tests ever for all sport around the world. It is astonishing that we have seen as much rugby played as we have in so many countries. I would like to thank and pay tribute to those countries who have managed to play their competitions.

“To those members who have been largely locked down and unable to play, I would like to thank them for their diligence and strength throughout the most challenging of circumstances and wish them well for 2021.

“All of us are looking forward to 2021 with anticipation that we will be able to enjoy our sport safely and with some degree of normality.

“IRL has managed to develop as an international federation and I would like to thank the staff, volunteers and directors for their hard work.

“The re-branding exercise has continued and the members’ portal, to assist every member with their administration, is being rolled out currently.

“We continue to grow our membership with particular growth in the Middle East – Africa region. The rise to affiliate membership of Nigeria, Ghana and possibly Cameroon, is particularly significant as is the commendation of the Philippines, our first Asian member, to the general assembly in 2021.

“The Rugby League World Cup remains on track for a superb end to 2021. Jon Dutton and his team have the plans in place to cover all eventualities and we can all look forward to the biggest and best ever competition for men, women and wheelchair players.

“Finally, I would like to thank Danny Kazandjian, who has taken up the position as secretary general of IRL and pay tribute to outgoing chief executive officer, Nigel Wood, as he steps down from IRL after 18 years of service to the international game.”