The Rugby League International Federation has announced that the trophy awarded to the men’s World Cup Winners has been named ‘The Paul Barriere Trophy‘.
Paul Barriere was President of the Federation de Rugby a XIII from 1947 to 1955 having been made Vice-President in September 1944. He was a driving force behind the agreement to create the International Rugby League Board and to introduce the Rugby World Cup which was first played for in France during 1954. Under Paul Barriere the French national team completed its first tour to the southern hemisphere and in 2008 Barriere was posthumously awarded the inaugural RLIF Spirit of Rugby League Award.
RLIF Chairman Nigel Wood commented:
“Paul Barriere was a visionary leader in our sport who was a dedicated internationalist. His legacy in introducing a World Cup to our sport could not be marked in a more appropriate way than by naming the trophy in his honour. The RLIF is most grateful to the Barriere family for agreeing to name the trophy in Paul’s honour. The Paul Barriere Trophy will be first awarded at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup to be played in Australia , New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.”