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Gary Hetherington to spearhead group to improve rugby league

Leeds Rhinos

Super League Europe and the RFL 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.

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  1. Philip John Hartley

    September 10, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    At least with Gary at the helm there shouldn’t be any land grabs unsure about MacManus and Middleton some of the old want aways. The trouble is we are still seen as a Northern sport, see the paper coverage even on Grand finnal night. A few mid to back sport pages. The truth is the amateur game is strong down South okay it may not have the names of some of the big amateur Northern clubs but they still play. Not being able to have a strong London team, sorry Broncos and not being to get any West Country team or Midlands team is hurting the professional game. So too is the failed Wales team and lets not mention a Scottish team. A strong competition of Southern, West and Midlands teams playing just below league 3 with help bringing these teams into the Semi-Pro game would help not only the game but our coverage in the national press.

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