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The National Rugby League (NRL) has rationalised its leadership team due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant loss of revenue in 2020.

The NRL has reviewed its operations and sought ways to significantly reduce costs. As part of this process, we have had to make two roles redundant, Chief Operating Officer, Nick Weeks and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Liz Deegan.

Acting NRL CEO Andrew Abdo thanked both Mr Weeks and Ms Deegan for the significant contribution they had made to the game.

Mr Weeks joined the NRL in 2013 to establish and run the League’s integrity unit.  In that time, he has built the League’s integrity and risk framework and earned the respect of the sport through his strong and ethical leadership of one of the game’s most challenging areas. 

Mr Weeks has agreed to assist the NRL as its transitions to the new structure.

“I have had the privilege of working with Nick for my entire career at the NRL. We have been through a great deal of change together and he has made an immense contribution to the game,’’ Mr Abdo said.

Mr Abdo, thanked Ms Deegan for her valuable contribution: “Liz brought a wealth of experience in strategic communications and we thank Liz for her valuable contribution and for the communications expertise she provided to the NRL. We wish her well for the next chapter in her career.”