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Wood nominated for RLIF role

Rugby Football League chief executive Nigel Wood has been nominated for the role of chairman of the Rugby League International Federation.

The post became vacant last month when New Zealander Scott Carter decided to stand down for business reasons and will be filled at the RLIF annual meeting in Sydney next Friday.

Wood, whose profile was raised during his tenure as tournament director for the successful 2013 World Cup, is currently deputy chairman.

He has been nominated by the Rugby League European Federation (RLEF) board, who said in a statement: "The directors have expressed their thanks to Scott Carter for his work on behalf of the international game.

"The New Zealand Rugby League chairman recently announced his decision to step down as the chairman of the Rugby League International Federation.

"Consequently, the RLEF board has confirmed that it will nominate Nigel Wood, current RLIF deputy chairman, to be Carter's successor."

Wood is expected to receive the backing of RLEF directors Carlos Zalduendo and Graeme Thompson as well as England's Maurice Watkins, who all sit on the 10-strong RLIF executive committee, which will vote for a new chairman.

Wood recently spoke of his frustration at the RLIF for their delay in finalising details of the international calendar and in particular their failure to confirm a British and Irish Lions tour in 2015.

The RLEF are still awaiting confirmation of funding from the RLIF before releasing fixtures for the 2014 European Championship. France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales are due to participate, with the winner qualifying for the 2016 Four Nations to be staged in the northern hemisphere.