The Rugby League European Federation (RLEF) is the governing body for the sport of Rugby League across Europe, responsible, amongst other things, for spreading the game of rugby league across the continent and organising various competitions involving European nations.
The Federation was formed in January 2003 following an initiative between Richard Lewis of the Rugby Football League and Jean Paul Ferre of the French Federation.
The RLEF approved its constitution and elected the first Board of Directors in January 2004.
Jean Paul Ferre was elected President/Chairman, Richard Lewis Deputy Chairman and other Board members were Nigel Wood and Nicolas Larrat.
The current RLEF Board consists of:
• Richard lewis (Chairperson)
• Nicolas Larrat ( Vice Chairperson)
• Gary Tasker
• Jean Alain Rives
England, France and Russia are currently the full member countries, which entitles them to a greater proportion of voting rights and to become members of the International Federation (RLIF).
The RLEF has a number of associate member countries, such as; Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Serbia and Lebanon.
The RLEF also has a number of Official Observers, such as; Germany, Estonia, Czech Republic, Morocco, Malta, Italy, Greece, Latvia, Ukraine, Portugal, Norway & Sweden.
The website of the RLEF can be found at www.rlef.eu.com