Huddersfield Giants chairman Ken Davy has been appointed interim chairman of Super League.

Mr Davy, 79, is the longest serving chairman in Super League having owned the Giants since 1996. When he takes up the new role he will temporarily step down at the Giants, to be replaced by club director Keith Hellawell.

Mr Davy, who takes over at Super League from Robert Elstone, said: “I am looking forward to working with the Super League executive, the Betfred Super League clubs, and the RFL, to create a lasting framework which will enable us to unleash the energy and excitement of Betfred Super League, as well as the whole sport of Rugby League. 

“We have tremendous relationships with our broadcast partners, Sky Sports and BBC Sport, our commercial partners, including title partner Betfred, and of course all the fans across the game. 

“This autumn this country has the exciting prospect of hosting the Rugby League World Cup, which creates a great opportunity to share Rugby League with a wider audience.

“By working together, I believe we can create opportunities to grow the game and our support for the benefit of all concerned.”

Giants managing director Richard Thewlis said: “Everyone at Huddersfield will be delighted to see Ken appointed to the interim position and we will, as always, support him and the wider the game.

“For our part Keith Hellawell will hold the reins as our chairman until Ken’s return and it will be business as usual for us as we approach the start of the Betfred 2021 season on Sunday.

“Ken remains our owner and a director and will be in the stands at Headingley to support the lads on Sunday.”