Research Program


The Rugby League Research Committee is the key body within Australia that is responsible for facilitating the end-to-end process associated with the completion of research by third parties that will enhance the sport of Rugby League in Australia. The Research Committee also has broader responsibilities relating to advocacy, advice and capacity building across the industry, including:

  • Driving research & advocating an evidence-based approach
  • Advising on best practice & information sharing
  • Promoting industry collaboration & capacity building

Charter (high-level summary)

The Rugby League Research Committee is concerned with the following topic areas, including but not limited to, the following:

  • Sports Science
  • Sports Medicine
  • Welfare & Personal/Professional Development
  • Administration & Coaching
  • Society & Culture/Diversity
  • Participation and Game Development, Volunteers
  • Recruiting and Talent/List Management
  • Refereeing/Officiating
  • some aspects of Consumer Research (as it relates to the game itself and not exclusively commercial outcomes).


  • The Rugby League Research Board formed in 2007 to drive research priorities in the game in Australia. Rugby League’s five year Strategic Plan at the time made a commitment to undertake research in a number of areas.
  • The game’s national bodies (Australian Rugby League, National Rugby League, Australian Rugby League Development) strongly endorsed the need for research and were keen to formalise a structure to underpin the conduct of research into all areas of the game.


Meeting dates for 2018

  1. Tuesday March 20th 2018
  2. Wednesday July 3rd 2018
  3. Tuesday September 4th 2018
  4. Wednesday November 21st 2018

Membership (as of June 2018)

Person  RLRC Role Employed by  Occupation
Brian Canavan Chairman  National Rugby League  Head of Football 
Paul Bloomfield  Committee Member  National Rugby League  Chief Medical Officer 
Kelly Egan  Committee Member  Wests Tigers  Head of Football 
Vincent Kelly  Committee Member  University of Queensland, Brisbane Broncos  Lecturer – Sport Science, Performance Science Consultant  
Bennett King Committee Member Queensland Academy of Sport Executive Director
Robert Moore  Committee Member  Queensland Rugby League  Chief Executive Officer 
Donna O'Connor  Committee Member  University of Sydney  Professor, Sports Coaching 
Andrew Patmore  Committee Member  Canterbury Bulldogs Pathway Performance Manager 
Tracy Taylor  Committee Member  University of Technology, Sydney  Head of Business School 
Adrian Turner  Committee Member  RLPA  Legal Counsel 

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