RFL appoints Jon Dutton to head 2021 World Cup team

RFL appoints Jon Dutton to head 2021 World Cup team

England's Rugby Football League (RFL) has appointed Jon Dutton as chief executive of the organising committee for the Rugby League World Cup 2021.

The 44-year-old, currently the RFL director of projects and people, will begin his new role on 1st February, having led England's successful bid for the global 13-a-side tournament and secured a UK£25 million funding award from the British government.

Dutton's previous experience includes stints with golf's PGA European Tour and English soccer's Football Association (FA), while he was also operations director for the last Rugby League World Cup in England in 2013.

"As a lifelong rugby league fan who has grown up watching the sport, I am privileged to have been given the opportunity to lead the team that will deliver the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.

“Working on the 2013 World Cup provided me with tremendous experience and insight into how to host a successful tournament but the scope and scale of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup will provide completely different challenges and opportunities and I am excited to take these on in the coming years."

RFL and Rugby League World Cup 2021 chairman Nigel Wood added: "We had considerable interest in the role but Jon was without doubt the outstanding candidate. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge and has worked at some of the biggest sporting events and organisations in the world.

"He was also an integral figure in ensuring the outstanding delivery of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup and in securing the rights to host the tournament again in 2021.

“Jon outlined his vision for the 2021 tournament and we are all confident that he will deliver on this and that England will host the biggest and best Rugby League World Cup in the history of the competition.”