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2020 Kangaroo tour cancelled

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  1. blue bags

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    2020 Kangaroo tour cancelled but 2022 option being explored
    A Kangaroo tour in 2022 has been proposed after the cancellation of this year’s three-Test series against England due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    Brad WalterNRL.com Senior Reporter
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    Mon 1 Jun 2020, 07:01 PM

    The ARL Commission and RFL have confirmed the Ashes series scheduled to be played at University of Bolton Stadium, Elland Rd in Leeds and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in October and November would not go ahead.


    With the NRL grand final having moved to October 25, followed by a three-week State of Origin series and the Super League season also needing to be extended, as well as doubts about global travel, it was agreed to cancel the first Kangaroos tour since 2003.

    However, the RFL and the ARLC remain committed to the revival of Ashes series contests, which began in 1908 and have been played 39 times.

    With the World Cup in England in 2021, discussions have already been opened on the potential for the Kangaroos returning for a three-Test Ashes series, possibly as soon as 2022.

    "We have already indicated to the ARLC that we would be keen to welcome them for a three-Test series at any time in the future and will now work together to make this happen as soon as possible," RFL CEO Ralph Rimmer said.

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    NRL acting CEO Andrew Abdo was also optimistic about rescheduling the tour.

    "It is disappointing that the historic Kangaroos tour to the UK can no longer take place in 2020. We look forward to the Rugby League World Cup in 2021 and hopefully a tour to the UK by the Kangaroos in a future season," he said.

    Rimmer said the decision to cancel this year’s Ashes series and Kangaroo tour had been made with great reluctance but there was little choice.

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    "The current circumstances have had a seismic impact on rugby league, as on all other sports, and we all now need to give, in order to find solutions for the greater and longer term good of the game," he said.

    "After regular discussions with the ARLC over the last few months, combined with those within our domestic competitions, we have concluded that the right thing to do for the game as a whole is to make this decision now.


    "It will have a considerable impact on the finances of rugby league here in England, as we were banking on a significant boost from Australia’s first full tour since 2003.

    "I know our England players, our new head coach Shaun Wane and his support staff are bitterly disappointed, and the same goes for the thousands of supporters who had already bought tickets for the matches, as well as our major England sponsors Dacia, Ronseal and Hummel, and our broadcast partner the BBC.

    "I’m sure the same will apply in Australia, as it has been so heartening for supporters of the international game to hear Mal Meninga speaking of the importance of the great rugby league traditions of Kangaroo tours and the Ashes.

    "With the Rugby League World Cup in England in 2021, we will have the opportunity to see the green and golds playing again in this country for the first time since the 2016 Four Nations series.

    "But we remain committed to a worthwhile international calendar for our senior England teams (men, women & wheelchair) to build on the legacy that next year’s Rugby League World Cup will create and the Rugby League Ashes would be a fantastic part of any meaningful international calendar in the future."
    https://www.weststigers.com.au/news...our-cancelled-but-2022-option-being-explored/
     
  2. Mr Angry

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    Sorry Poms not welcome in our bubble.
     
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    You’d best break it gently to Sticky.
     
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    sorry i jumped the gun. what time is it in your world
     
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    Well that was inevitable.
     
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    Quarter past Monday. (I think)
     
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    Credit to the RFL though because one of the options for people who, like myself, have already bought tickets is to use the money to buy WC and other event tickets e.g. GF, Magic Weekend etc. and as and when they become available rather than a straightforward refund.
     
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    ok 6am
     
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    We use soap down here.....

    Soap dodging was never a good strategy.

    I hope sticky's army have good internet, they are not seeing mum in the flesh for quite some time.
     
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    We don’t have to wear hats with corks to deter the flies you lot attract.
     
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    Sort of OT but the English team with Hodgson and Williams in the spine along with their usual tough forward pack will be competitive againsts the current Kangaroos and will give a 2022 Kangaroo Tour a real shake.

    Hodgson is one of, if not the best hooker in the game at the moment and Williams is playing really well. Add to that the fact that they are working on their combinations each week and play with half of the English forward pack at Canberra - should be a strong showing.
     
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    Hodgson rarely plays for England as he does for Canberra.
     
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    Sadly England just rarely play. I just wish we had a more regular schedule so the players could get some experience together.
     
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    I just can't post my feelings..
    I'll sound like a irrational lunatic..
    But basically, f*** you NRL and f*** you Origin. I hate you..
    Best I can do without hyperventilating
     
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    You should be angry at Boris fella.

    That is the reason. Did not take it serious.

    Well Moffo does not have have the required >5min 100% 'rona test.

    So here we are.
     
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    I don’t know why you’re blaming the NRL for this. They need to make bank and that’s origin.
     
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    Oh don’t worry, I know what a shambles this government had made of their response to covid.
     
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