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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.

In 2015, NRL formally endorsed the Research Board, charter and structure relating to the NRL and ARLC.