Australia and New Zealand WITHDRAW from the Rugby League World Cup in England amid coronavirus fears… with each nations calling for the autumn event to be POSTPONED simply days after Boris Johnson posed with the trophy
- Australia and New Zealand have withdrawn from the Rugby League World Cup
- Each nations have known as for its postponement amid fears over coronavirus
- NZRL chief government Greg Peters insisted it was ‘just too unsafe’ for the groups to participate within the event in England
Australia and New Zealand have withdrawn from the Rugby League World Cup in England this autumn and known as for its postponement amid fears over coronavirus.
A joint assertion from the 2 nations learn: ‘The Australian Rugby League Fee (ARLC) and New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) right now knowledgeable the Worldwide Rugby League (IRL) and Rugby League World Cup (RLWC) organisers that Australia and New Zealand is not going to compete in a 2021 World Cup due to participant welfare and security issues.
‘The ARLC and NZRL have once more requested the RLWC2021 be postponed till 2022 to minimise threat of gamers contracting COVID-19 and make sure the greatest consequence for participant well-being.’
Reigning champions Australia (pictured) and New Zealand have withdrawn from this autmun’s World Cup in England over coronavirus fears
NZRL chief government Greg Peters cited ‘stark variations’ between the administration of the pandemic within the UK and Australasia and insisted it was ‘just too unsafe’ for the groups to participate within the event.
He stated: ‘There are stark variations between how the pandemic is being managed within the UK in comparison with Australasia and up to date developments have highlighted how shortly issues can change.
‘The event organisers have moved heaven and earth to make this work, so it isn’t a straightforward resolution, however the Covid-19 scenario within the UK reveals no signal of enhancing, and it is just too unsafe to ship groups and workers over.’
Australia and New Zealand each signed participation agreements to compete within the World Cup however may now face big monetary penalties after withdrawing from the event at brief discover.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson poses outdoors Downing Road alongside the Rugby League World Cup
Sportsmail discovered earlier this month that the contracts comprise vital monetary penalties for any nation that withdraws at late discover, with event organisers now assured it is going to proceed as deliberate regardless of issues from the Southern Hemisphere about this nation’s third wave of Covid-19.
The World Cup is projected to generate round £40million so cancellation would have had disastrous monetary implications, whereas even suspending it by 12 months would have been problematic because the latter levels as it might have clashed with the 2022 Soccer World Cup in Qatar, creating the likelihood that the BBC could have withdrawn a few of their stay protection.
Sportsmail additionally reported this month that Australia had been threatening to undermine the credibility of the event by sending a reserve group.
There was resistance from Nationwide Rugby League (NRL) golf equipment in Australia, who known as for the competitors to be postponed till subsequent 12 months as a result of Covid-19 quarantine guidelines imply gamers would solely return to their golf equipment two weeks earlier than trial video games start for the 2022 season.
Australia and New Zealand each signed participation agreements to compete within the World Cup however may now be hit with penalties after withdrawing at late discover
With Australia’s borders at the moment closed, anybody returning to the nation from abroad must spend 14 days in government-managed quarantine.
Gamers should take a compulsory six-week relaxation break after quarantine, impacting on the brand new marketing campaign by basically wiping out pre-season.
However now, the competitors has taken an enormous hit with two of the event’s greatest groups pulling the plug simply months earlier than it kicks off in Britain.
The 16-team males’s World Cup will get underway on October 23 with the ultimate at Outdated Trafford in Manchester on November 27.