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As the National Governing Body for the sport of Rugby League, we exist to govern, protect and promote the sport.

We recognise that the best ideas for Rugby League can come from anyone and that diversity in teams, and within organisations, is proven to contribute to enhanced performance and commercial success.

We aim to encourage and support diversity and inclusion in all we do as an employer and a partner organisation.

We want to ensure that we are supporting the best ideas and the most talented innovators within sport.

The Rugby Football League is a mature, values-led organisation and now is the right time to formalise the principles of diversity and inclusion by which we will strive to work and to examine where there are further opportunities for us to improve working practices, both internal and external, to fully reflect our aims and values.


Released in 2020, 'Tackle It' is Rugby League's plan on inclusivity and diversity from 2020-2025, and focuses on four key strategic goals:

  • Widen the reach and impact of Rugby League
  • Diversify Rugby League's Talent Pool and Workforce
  • Improve the culture of Rugby League
  • Clarify processes, instil confidence in - and encourage - the reporting of discrimination, and ensure appropriate sanctions are in place


The full action plan can be found below:


Gender Pay Gap Reports

In accordance with Gender Pay Gap Regulations, companies with over 250 employees have to publish their findings in relation to Gender Pay.

Although the RFL has less than this number of employees, it has been agreed by the RFL Board that we will publish our Gender Pay gap report for 2018.

RFL reports are attached below and on the Government’s Gender Pay service website.

If you have any queries in relation to this please contact David Connor, Director of People and Remuneration for the Rugby Football League, at


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