Doyle to conduct review for NRL
Friday 21 Dec 2012 9:18 a.m.
Doyle has won praise for the way he has led the rebuilding of the NZRL
New Zealand Rugby League chief executive Jim Doyle will remain involved in the sport after leaving his job.
Doyle, who steps down on Friday, has been chosen by the NRL to conduct a review of player pathways and competition structures.
In particular, he will look at second-tier competitions from the under-20 Toyota Cup (which the Junior Warriors play in) to the NSW Cup (which the Auckland Vulcans are part of) and the Queensland Cup.
Scottish-born Doyle has won praise for the way he has led the rebuilding of the NZRL over the past three years.
NRL interim chief executive Shane Mattiske described Doyle's appointment as an opportunity to involve an outstanding top administrator in a key area of NRL planning.
"He has an incredible business background, a love of rugby league and a proven track record in both grassroots development and high performance management," he said.
"Importantly, he is a good listener who is able to bring a fresh perspective to a fundamentally important area of the game."
Doyle will start in the new year and remain based in New Zealand.
He will also help the NRL in pursuing business and community programmes on this side of the Tasman.