Adams has close links to the sport having founded the Sporting Chance charity in 2000
Former Arsenal and England defender Tony Adams is to become the 29th Rugby Football League president in 2019.
Adams, who captained both his club and his country, has been nominated for the position and will succeed Andy Burnham, the current president, next summer.
He has close links to the sport through the Sporting Chance charity, which he founded in 2000.
Adams said: “It will be an honour to become the next President of the RFL. I am passionate about working with everyone in the sport to raise the profile of mental health, wellness and resilience, for players and for everyone in Rugby League.
“I’d like to play my part in championing this brilliant sport on the national stage.”
It was also confirmed that Carl Hall will succeed Pat Crawshaw as vice-president in July. New Zealand Hall first came to England to play for Doncaster in 1988, and currently works as the club’s chief executive.
RFL chairman Brian Barwick added: “Tony Adams is known and respected throughout sport and beyond, not only for his outstanding playing career with Arsenal, but more recently for his pioneering work with Sporting Chance.
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“The charity has helped more than 400 rugby league players since the RFL entered into an official partnership with Sporting Chance in 2011, and Tony himself delivered seminars at Wigan and Hull earlier this year.
“The game has recognised the importance of mental health, for players and everyone else involved, and Tony’s election is another significant step in that regard.
“I also welcome the election as vice-president of Carl Hall, who has given so much to British rugby league since arriving here from New Zealand 30 years ago. This is well-deserved recognition for him, and for the Doncaster club.”
Chris Hurst, a digital sports specialist, will join the RFL Board as a non-executive director.
“Chris Hurst will be a tremendous asset to the RFL Board,” Barwick continued. “His highly successful career across the world of sport and as a proven leader in the field of modern digital communications will be invaluable in helping us maximise the value and profile of some of the sport’s key properties.
“He has worked in some of the top organisations in sport and broadcasting, and is well networked across both industries. Chris is also a huge advocate for the growth and development of women’s sport as evidenced by his Board membership of the Women’s Sports Trust.”