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QRL confirms reappointment of Bruce Hatcher

Queensland Rugby League chairman Bruce Hatcher will extend his service to the game for a further three-year term.

After receiving unanimous support from the board to continue in the role, Hatcher will now commence a third term as chair of the QRL.

Hatcher commenced his first term at the helm of the league in 2017 and was due to complete his service in January next year.

However, Hatcher’s reappointment means he now has the scope to lead the board and a game he has a proud life-long association with until January 2026.

As one of Queensland’s most passionate league voices, Hatcher will continue to ensure all stakeholders across rugby league in Queensland are a priority.

“We want to reinforce the great work of QRL staff, clubs and volunteers across the state that all contribute to making Origin what it is, a 40-year plus rivalry of Queensland versus New South Wales,” Hatcher said.

“We’re also here to provide the necessary funding and support to ensure boys and girls from the age of six can play rugby league throughout their life and enjoy the camaraderie and the competitiveness of the game, which has a proven track record of developing leaders.”

Bruce Hatcher. Photo: Jorja Brinums/QRL
Bruce Hatcher. Photo: Jorja Brinums/QRL

Hatcher’s reappointment follows a successful period for rugby league in Queensland, which included the Maroons’ stunning Game III State of Origin win over New South Wales and the staging of Activate Queensland! Country Week.

Hatcher, who was in awe of the Maroons’ performance under impressive first-year coach Billy Slater, was captivated by the community spirit during his visit to Thursday Island at the weekend.

While at the picturesque Ken Brown Oval, Hatcher took in the Hostplus Cup game between the Northern Pride and Souths Logan Magpies, and spotted “several future Johnathan Thurstons” in the lead up games.

“I’m not only proud of where the game is at in Queensland, but the role particularly of so many volunteers, supporters and partners who make the game as great as it is,” Hatcher said.

“When you go to places like Thursday Island and rural and regional Queensland, it means so much to the community to have boys and girls, and men and women playing the game, and enjoying the benefits of being in a team.”

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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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