Chris Thair Joins RLEF As General Manager

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10 October 2018

Chris Thair is to take up a new role as general manager at the Rugby League European Federation (RLEF).

He will be taking over from Danny Kazandjian who has become global operations manager of the International Federation.

Thair, (41) will take up his new role on 1st November and has a long history in developing rugby league, most recently as CEO and a director of Wales Rugby League.

“After an exhaustive and comprehensive recruitment process, where the standard of applicant was both heartening and exceptional, Chris’s qualities stood out,” said RLEF chairman Maurice Watkins, MBE. “He has been involved in the sport at all levels, from player to development officer through to running a governing body and he has a clear perception of where the RLEF can make maximum impact in the years ahead.”

Watkins added: “I am very grateful to WRL for facilitating Chris’ move across and look forward to working with him in what is shaping up to be a very exciting and progressive time for the sport in the northern hemisphere, not least with a World Cup on the horizon in 2021.”

St Helens-born Thair, a graduate of Loughborough University, captained Great Britain and England Students and has been a development manager in London and the North West, also working for the Rugby Football League in community partnerships, club support and salary cap and licensing roles, before moving to Wales RL in April 2013.

“I am very much looking forward to enhancing the

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