At the RLIF Board meeting held on 10 May the Board determined to conduct an immediate review of the international eligibility rules.

RLIF Chairman Nigel Wood commented: ‘The Board received a report from the Chief Executive concerning the eligibility rules and the RLIF regulations for international football. The Board determined that an immediate review of eligibility rules should be conducted by David Collier, the Chief Executive of the RLIF, and Andrew Hill, the Secretary of the RLIF. It was further determined that the Chief Executive should codify all RLIF Regulations into a consolidated document for ease of communication to stakeholders and Members. These are important pieces of work given the changing nature of international sport and the desire to ensure that the top players in each nation are eligible to represent their country in international football. The Board looks forward to receiving the detailed recommendations in the near future.’

The Board also received a report on work to create global consistency of the Rules whilst encouraging and simplifying innovation in Leagues and competitions through the use of regulations.

The Board welcomed the CEO of the NRL Mr Todd Greenberg to his first RLIF Board meeting and it was proposed that Todd Greenberg would become a Director of RLIF.

The Board confirmed the Calendar of Events and expressed a preference for the introduction of an Intercontinental Cup in 2019 to be confirmed following discussions with partners in August/September 2016.

The Board further confirmed that the AGM and Congress will be held in Liverpool, UK from November 18-20 , 2016. The Board noted the strong interest from venues to stage matches during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup and anticipate that venues and matches will be announced in July 2016.