With North Wales Crusaders’ move to Stadiwm ZipWorld in Colwyn Bay providing the springboard for an exciting new era, the club have appointed a first-ever president. 

Richard Greenwood OBE, who lives on the North Wales coast and is a former international and coach for England in rugby union, has been named as Crusaders’ first president. 

He was previously on the Wales Rugby League board, is now a patron and has been a constant advocate for the sport in Wales. 

Richard’s son Will Greenwood has also gone on to represent England in rugby union, featuring in the 2003 World Cup-winning team. 

On his new role with the club, Richard said: “Crusaders are the flagship rugby league club in North Wales and are leading the resurgence of the community game here in this part of the country. 

“They are to be complimented on their ambitious programmes both on and off the field and l am thoroughly enjoying my association with their accomplished board of directors, as well as watching a predominantly young and adventurous group of players on their quest for success.”

Crusaders chairman Ian Edwards added: “I was thrilled when Richard agreed to become our first-ever club president. 

“He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in both codes and being able to attract someone of his calibre to the club is a massive compliment to us. 

“Richard will be an invaluable help to us as we settle into Stadiwm ZipWorld and he’ll also be able to use his role with Crusaders to support his work growing the community game in North Wales, which is a great passion of his.

“These are exciting times for us all at the club and we hope to welcome fans to our new home in the near future.”