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Brian Canavan

QRL South East Chairman

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Born in Warwick Queensland, Brian was educated in schools on the Darling Downs and Brisbane, and the University of Queensland. He played and coached in the Brisbane Rugby League competition with the Fortitude Valleys club for a period of 12 years before joining the Brisbane Broncos in its inaugural year in the national competition.

Following a 10-year teaching career, Brian became involved in rugby league, working with Queensland and National Rugby League clubs, Queensland’s State of Origin team and rugby league’s governing bodies.

His involvement in the sport has covered the areas of management, coaching, strength and conditioning and junior participation development.

In recent times, Brian has held senior management positions, including NRL club chief operating officer, chief executive officer, director of football and NRL governing body head of football.

Brian has recently been elected as chairperson of QRL South East Region and currently works as a special projects consultant.


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Queensland Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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