Topic: Rugby League

BREAKING - New Zealand Rugby League CEO, Phil Holden reportedly resigns

Reports are emerging that the CEO of New Zealand Rugby League, Phil Holden has resigned from his role.

It is unclear whether any supposed resignation is effective immediately.

An employee within the NZRL told Te Kāea exclusively this evening staff had heard Holden handed in his resignation this afternoon.

The NZRL communications manager was not returning calls to confirm or deny the claims this evening.

But a former employee has also told Te Kāea that Holden’s tenure at the helm of NZRL has been on “thin ice” since Tuesday.

The NZRL had set goals to build $10 million in revenue and a $2 million surplus by 2017.

But its annual financial report released in July revealed a modest surplus of only $16,000, far below target.

The NZRL also needs $1 million to support the co-hosting rights to the 2017 Rugby League World Cup with Australia.

Phil Holden took over the reins of NZRL from Jim Doyle, in February 2013.

More to come.