The New Zealand Rugby League is saddened to hear that former NZRL CEO Michael ‘Mike’ Knowles has passed away.

Mike became CEO under George Rainey’s chairmanship replacing Ross Williams the previous incumbent, and continuing on whilst  Trevor Maxwell and Graham Carden were the NZRL chairmen.

Knowles was well known for his impressive efficiency leading New Zealand Rugby League in the 80s and 90s era.

After he moved to Taupo, he retained his extreme interest in rugby league affairs, attending Ex-Kiwis annual meetings following his tenure at the organisation having largely contributed to the landscape of rugby league in New Zealand. Mike was a well-respected figure in the sport’s community and we thank him for that he has done to better the game of rugby league.

The funeral will be in Taupo on Thursday.