The Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) is the international governing body of rugby league and came into being in 1948 at Bordeaux, France thanks to the efforts of the French. Its headquarters are currently based in Sydney, Australia, and the incumbent chairman is Colin Love. The RLIF is responsible for the organization and governance of all of rugby league's major international tournaments, most notably the Rugby League World Cup, and intercontinental competitions such as the World Club Challenge.
Besides the running and organization of the international game the RLIF is also responsible for the laws of rugby league,To see the full Laws of League click here: Rugby League Laws. the international World Rankings and the awarding of a selection of international awards including International Newcomer of the Year, Developing Nations Player of the Year, International Coach of the Year, International Back of the Year, International Forward of the Year and International Referee of the Year.
The RLIF is run and overseen by a committee with several members sitting on the RLIF board being elected by the three main test nations' governing bodies, the Australian Rugby League, New Zealand Rugby League and Britain's Rugby Football League, and the chairman elected by the collective member nations. There are some 48 affiliated nations at this moment in time, with 41 being ranked.