Nigel Wood

  • Wood To Receive £500k Goodbye

    Former RFL and Super League chief executive, Nigel Wood is to receive a severance payment of £500,000 according to League Express. It was revealed last year that Wood was earning a salary of £314,000 per year, up from a salary of £252,000 in 2015. Wood stood down in early January after serving 10 years in the post to become chief executive of RLIF. He will take up the office later in the year. In the meantime, reports suggest the former CEO will also take on a consultancy role on behalf of th...

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  • Nigel Wood Leaves SL Board

    RFL chief executive, Nigel Wood has left the board of Super League Europe (SLE), although he will continue to work in his executive role for the Super League body. He will now answer to the newly constituted board of directors of SLE, on which RFL chairman Brian Barwick remains. Although, it has been rumoured but not confirmed that Wood is lining up to become the chief executive of the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF). All 12 of the current Super League clubs will have a nominee on t...

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  • Nigel Wood Nominated For RLIF Chairman Role

    Nigel Wood has been nominated by the Rugby League European Federation board to become chairman of the Rugby League International Federation. The Rugby Football League chief been nominated to succeed Scott Carter, who recently announced his decision to step down from the role. As well as serving as CEO of the RFL since 2007, Wood was also the Tournament Director of the recent World Cup, and has been vice-chairman of the RLIF since May 2012. An RLEF board statement said: "Following a meeting of th...

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  • Wood Steps Down From RFL

    The Rugby Football League’s chief executive, Nigel Wood has confirmed that he is to stand down after serving 10 years in the post to become chief executive of RLIF. Wood will take up the office later in the year and will follow inaugural CEO David Collier OBE into the role. He will also stand down as RLIF chairman as a consequence. The RLIF board will consider nominations for its next chair in February 2018. Wood became chief executive of the RFL and Super League in 2007 and has been a board...

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  • RFL Chief Targets £28m Turnover Increase

    Rugby Football League (RFL) chief executive Nigel Wood has unveiled a seven-year plan to increase the game's turnover, the number of spectators watching the game by 700,000 and for England to win the 2017 World Cup. Outlining the RFL's strategy up to 2021, Wood said that he wants to see crowds rise from 2.3million a year to 3million, the game's turnover to go up from £118million to £146million and an increase in television viewers of 5million to 22million. He also set a target of acquiring nea...

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  • World Club Challenge Expansion to be 'Investigated'

    ... Challenge are to be considered by a newly-formed Working Party comprised of representatives of the Stobart Super League and the the top league of professional rugby league football clubs in Australasia, the NRL. Rugby Football League (RFL) chief executive Nigel Wood and his counterpart from the Australian Rugby League Commission, David Gallup, discussed the proposals this week at a meeting of the rugby league International Federation in London and agreed that the initiative is worthy of furth...

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  • Pearson takes a punt at Hull FC

    ... reportedly purchased the entire shareholding of the club, bringing an end to the 12 year reign of the board of directors led by Chairwoman Kath Hetherington. James Rule however will remain Chief Executive and handle the day to day running of the club. Nigel Wood, RFL Chief Executive commented; “On behalf of the RFL I would like to welcome Adam Pearson to the sport and congratulate him on the beginning of what I’m sure will be an exciting new chapter in the history of Hull FC,” said RFL Ch...

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  • Nigel Wood Appointed RLIF Chairman As Sally Bolton Joins IAAF

    RFL and Super League (Europe) chief executive Nigel Wood has been appointed chairman of the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF). His appointment was confirmed at the RLIF’s annual meeting in Sydney last week, where Australian Rugby League Commission chief executive Dave Smith was appointed as RLIF vice-chairman in succession to Wood. Wood’s appointment comes just a few months after he helped deliver the most successful international rugby league tournament of all time in his cap...

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  • Draper Departs RFL After Just One Year

    Less than a week after news of Nigel Wood’s departure and a month before the start of the season, RFL chief commercial officer and Super League executive director Roger Draper has announced he will also be leaving the organisation. Draper, who joined the RFL just a year ago after two years as chief executive of Warrington Wolves, has confirmed his intention to leave the organisation at the end of January to commit time to his other business interests. An RFL statement reported that “he leave...

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  • Cap Level Is Club Decision Says Wood

    In the week after the Salford appeal against penalties for salary cap breaches was rejected, RFL CEO Nigel Wood was asked about the salary cap going forward in an interview: He said: “Championship clubs have been able to spend the same as Super League clubs (£1.825m) this season, and League One will join that next year. There’ll be one salary cap limit, so everyone is playing to the same rules, as long as it isn’t more than 50 per cent of their income. The clubs are discussing the cap, an...

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