13th December 2018, 09:56
New structure for Wales Rugby League's management
Paul Chambers has been appointed as the new General Manager for Wales Rugby League following Chris Thair's departure to the Rugby League European Federation last month.
The 50-year old, who was previously in the position of WRL National Development Manager, has already begun his new role.
A former professional with London Broncos, Chambers had previously worked in Australia’s NRL as their Coach Education Development Manager, as well as being a Rugby League Development Coordinator at a school in Queensland working alongside Brisbane Broncos.
The National Development Manager role will now be split into three part-time positions with Peter Tiffin taking charge in South-West Wales, Rob Davies in South-East Wales and a North Wales part-time position to be appointed in the New Year.
Tiffin’s role will complement his position as the West Wales Raiders’ chief executive. He has previously held a number of assistant coach and team manager roles in both local and national development, university and junior sides in Wales.
He said: “I am pleased to be working for Wales Rugby League. When the opportunity arose, I thought there was no better time for me to get on board especially just after the first team qualified for the World Cup. I’m really looking forward to working with Paul and Rob as our new team plus all the new board members. Paul, Rob and I have been in constant meetings and discussions on how we can grow the sport in Wales and support all the clubs in the process. We have a lot of ideas in the pipeline and will have even more once we have settled in to our new positions. It’s exciting times for all involved.”
Davies’ new role will be in addition to his studies at the University of South Wales. An experienced player and coach with Torfaen Tigers and a number of Welsh junior and international sides, he has also played for Great Britain Student pioneers.
He said: “I’m really excited to be back involved. I think we now have a great management team here in Wales with Peter and I working with Paul, and the exciting prospect of another body in North Wales to follow. Together we have a big opportunity to move the game forward.”