The RFL and Super League Europe have jointly established a Strategic Working Group to consider the opportunities for the Sport and to identify a Strategic Partner to support delivery of these opportunities.
As part of this, the group will consider the Game’s event calendar and competition structures and fan and viewer experience. The review will be holistic including league competitions, cup competitions and new events across Men’s, Women’s and Wheelchair Rugby League.
The members of the Strategic Working Group are Gary Hetherington (Leeds Rhinos), Paul Lakin (Hull KR), Eamonn McManus (St Helens), Stuart Middleton (Warrington), Karen Moorhouse (RFL) and Ralph Rimmer (RFL).
The Game has fielded strategic interest from several credible parties in recent months and this Group will consider how to make the most of these opportunities for the betterment of the sport in a co-ordinated way. The Group intends to bring back initial recommendations within a 3-month period.
The group will work alongside a Realignment Working Group which has also been established to review the governance structure of the Sport with the overriding collective belief that the Sport is at its strongest when it is unified and able to offer partners rights and visibility across the whole Sport. The Realignment Working Group includes members of both the RFL and SLE Boards.