John Grant is chairman of Rugby League International Federation

John Grant is chairman of Rugby League International Federation

The board of directors of the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) have elected John Grant as the body's new chairman.

Grant, who recently retired from his role as chair of the Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC), will succeed Nigel Wood, the former chief executive of England's Rugby Football League (RFL) who is himself replacing David Collier as RLIF chief executive. A former Queensland player and Australia international, Grant was also managing director of information and computer technology company Data#3 Limited from 1997 to 2015.

Graeme Thompson has also been elected as RLIF deputy chairman, while Sally Bolton has stepped down from the RLIF board as she takes on a new role at tennis' All England Club.

"Nigel has led the international federation for the past three and a half years and has been instrumental in championing the case for international rugby league," said Grant. "His appointment as chief executive to succeed David Collier will bring a wealth of rugby league experience to the federation and the board wishes Nigel every success in his new role."