The Rugby League International Federation has appointed Jeremy Edwards as RLIF Southern Hemisphere General Manager. The role, which will be based in Australia, will cover all the members of the Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation.
Edwards comes into post with more than 20 years’ experience as an Event manager and sports administrator drawing on operations expertise to deliver outstanding results for global, high profile sporting events including 4 Olympic Games and the first ever European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan. Most recently Jeremy worked as the Tournament Director for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, the sport’s premier international competition, featuring 14 nations from around the globe with host nations including Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
RLIF Chief Executive Officer Nigel Wood commented on the appointment
“I am really pleased to welcome Jeremy into our organization, he brings a wealth of experience from across sports and sports events and has a specific feel for international Rugby League thanks to his recent role with RLWC2017.”
“These are exciting times for the international game with opportunities in abundance, it is good to build a team to optimize those opportunities for the benefit of every one in the sport and those yet to join us.”
Commenting on his appointment Jeremy Edwards said
"My involvement with the 2017 Rugby League World Cup gave me a great insight into the huge potential for growth in the international game.''
"The World Cup reached a global television audience of 20 million. Working closely with the Pacific nations I could see the opportunity the game has to broaden its boundaries and it became an ambition of mine to work with the Federation and be part of a ground-breaking era."
"It's an exciting time to be taking over because I will be joining new Chief Executive Nigel Wood and new Chairman John Grant. The game has the chance to benefit from their rich experience.''