US ASSOCIATION OF RUGBY LEAGUE OFFICIAL

Governance & Members

The US Association of Rugby League Inc. (USARL) Board of Directors accept responsibility for constructing policy and providing resources for the development of strategies and plans for operations, finance, communication, legal, marketing and promotion and public relations for competition expansion, elite player development, national team performance, high school and college activities, coach, referee and volunteer education and training.​

Peter Illfield

Peter Illfield

Chair

Mr. Illfield has been involved in the development of Rugby League on an International Basis. Prior to his appointment as  Chairman of the USA Rugby League in 2011, he spearheaded the preparation of elite youth squads for the Newcastle Knights, Western Australian Rugby League and Western Reds RLFC. He was a key component in the development of the sport at all levels.

Peter is a former Australian Rugby League player and accredited coach. He has developed and managed Rugby  League as a professional sports administrator and is an Australian Rugby League Level III High Performance Coach and has been a coaching staff member of the Australian Institute of Sport, Rugby League National Youth Program.

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Billy Neilson

Billy Neilson

Director of High Performance, USA Hawks

Billy has been involved in Rugby and Rugby League Game Development since his collegiate days at the University of Florida. Since then he has played on numerous teams and held executive level positions with a focus on all assets of the game.

Billy is a co-founder and current board member of the Tampa Mayhem where he strives to provide a professional sporting product that can be attended and enjoyed by every person in Tampa and the surrounding areas.

Billy is a Level II USA Rugby coach and Level I NRL coach. He is also an acting member of the USARL Board of Directors.

With over 18 years of playing and coaching experience as well as project management and operations expertise, Mr Neilson is valuable asset as USARL Hawks Team Manager.

 

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Drew Slover

Director of Finance and Secretary

Mr Slover has been involved in the development of Rugby League in the United States for 13 years and has been an acting board member of the USARL for seven years.

Drew was introduced to Rugby League during a trip to Australia in 2005 and immediately fell in love with the game. Upon returning home to the US, Drew wasted no time in founding his own Rugby League team, the Jacksonville Axemen, with his business partner in 2006. Since then the Axemen have been a mainstay of rugby league in the United States and continue to be a formidable force on and off the field now three time USARL Club Champions winning in 2018.

Drew currently owns his own marketing and advertising consulting agency in Jacksonville. He draws on his professional experience, industry relationships and team success to continue to grow the game of Rugby League in the United States.

 

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Ryan McGough

Ryan McGough

Director of Events

Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Mr. McGough has been involved with all facets of Rugby League in the USA since 1994. As a player, Ryan represented the USA in 20+ international matches over an 8 year period. During the 1990's he operated three clubs in the AmNRL (the Wilmington Vikings, the Penn Bulldogs, and the Penn Raiders). Mr. McGough was the head referee and referee coordinator for the AmNRL for 4 years and was appointed as head referee in three international matches. In 2007 Ryan took over the Philadelphia Fight Rugby League Club, and served as their CEO for 8 years during which time they won 3 National Championships. In 2010, Mr. McGough helped establish the USARL and currently serves as Director of Events.

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