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League boss blows full time on career

Wayne Heming 01/03/2011 09:25:28 PM Comments (0)

Long-serving Queensland rugby league administrator Ross Livermore will call full time on his 30-year career in July.

Livermore, who succeeded the late Ron McAuliffe in 1985, has been Queensland's powerbroker for the past three decades during which time he has overseen some of the biggest changes the game has introduced.

He will officially vacate his post in July, after seeing out his 26th State of Origin series.

When Senator McAuliffe, who backed the Origin concept in 1980, appointed him to the role in 1985, he had two staff and one telephone.

During his administration he engaged in numerous battles with NSW and Australian officials as he campaigned for Queensland.

He played a part in many of the changes -- including the massive growth of State of Origin and the bitter Super League war which split the game during the 1990s.

A powerbroker north of the border, he and his NSW counterpart Geoff Carr locked horns many times as Livermore fought for Queensland's cause on and off the field.

QRL Chairman, John McDonald, confirmed on Tuesday Livermore would step down on July 31.

With the birth of an ARL Commission later this year, McDonald said the appointment of a new chief executive was a critical one to take rugby league into a new era and ensure Queensland maintained its strong growth across the state.

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