David Gallop

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David Gallop has been the Chief Executive Officer of the National Rugby League since February 2002. Mr Gallop has also been the Secretary of the Rugby League International Federation since its inception in 1998.

Early life

Gallop was born in Canberra and lived there until the age of 14 whilst his Father worked as a lawyer. He spent a short time in Darwin before returning to Canberra in the suburb of Narrabundah. Gallop played cricket and rugby union at Canberra Grammar, however his Father converted him to become a Canberra Raiders supporter. He started a sports administration course at Canberra College of Advanced Education but bowed out after just a week for arts at the Australian National University. He then moved to Sydney in 1984 to study law at the University of Sydney, graduating in 1988. In 1989 he travelled to England to play cricket in the Kent League. In 1990 he married Kathy and they have 2 children.

Rugby league

During the summer of 1994–95, Gallop was working as an associate with the Sydney law firm Holman Webb, and playing cricket on weekends with a University of NSW side. A UNSW team-mate had set up a meeting with John Ribot, who had come up with the Super League idea, and Gallop first became involved in Rugby League as Legal Affairs Manager for Super League in 1995.

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