Australia and New Zealand have withdrawn from the Rugby League World Cup scheduled to start out in October in England, citing participant welfare and security issues.
In a joint assertion on Thursday, the Australian Rugby League Fee and NZRL prompt that the match be postponed till 2022 to keep away from the chance of a participant catching COVID-19.
Final week match officers mentioned the occasion would go forward with or with out defending champions Australia.
“Not taking part on this 12 months’s World Cup will not be a choice the fee has taken flippantly, however we should put one of the best pursuits of our gamers and officers first. Defending them is our absolute precedence,″ mentioned ARLC chairman Peter V’landys.
“Within the present surroundings, the dangers to the security, well being and well-being of the gamers and officers touring from Australia to take part within the match this 12 months are insurmountable.”
The Rugby League World Cup is scheduled to start on Oct. 23 and the ultimate is scheduled for Nov. 27.
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