Mark Rowley

Each individual has their own reasons for moving on from a position at any organisation, with some reasons made purely from a business perspective, or others from a personal perspective.

For Mark Rowley, who has been involved with Welsh rugby league for more than a decade and helped Wales achieve national governing body status in 2005, before guiding them to Full Rugby League International Board Member Status in 2012, thought it was the right time to step aside.

He was initially the Chairman back in 2005, before being moved to the role of General Manager in 2011, and with an extensive workload to come in preparation for the Rugby League World Cup, compiled with his personal issues, Rowley just could not do both at the same time.

“I am very saddened to have to leave Wales Rugby League. I am passionate about rugby league and its’ development in Wales and, in that respect, I have dedicated ten years to the cause,” said Rowley.

“However, due to personal and business reasons, I now have to move on. I leave Wales Rugby League with a heavy heart but my best wishes to them and everyone involved, including all the coaches and volunteers right across the Principality, particularly in this big year which culminates in the Rugby League World Cup.”

Brian Juliff, the Welsh rugby league Chairman is disappointed to see Rowley depart the organisation, but is thankful for his decade of service, a decade that ensured continued growth, development and contribution, towards ensuring the longevity of rugby league in Wales.

“Mark has been an integral part of Wales Rugby League for 10 years and has helped us to a number of achievements , including our senior team playing in the Four Nations against England, Australia and New Zealand in 2011 and establishing Wales in sixth place in the global rankings,” said Juliff.

“Mark’s contribution to the development of the sport in the Principality, from grassroots level with schools and age group rugby league through to senior rugby with the Welsh Conference in both North and South Wales, cannot be underestimated.

“I am sure Mark will not be lost to Rugby League and will further contribute to supporting the Wales effort in this year’s Rugby League World Cup in October. I wish him well with his future business activities and look forward to his continued support as a volunteer”

By ricky

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