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Holders and 11-time world champions Australia and 2008 world champions New Zealand have withdrawn from the 2021 Rugby League World Cup (RLWC) on account of issues about coronavirus.
The event, hosted by England, is about to start on Saturday, October twenty third when the hosts face Samoa.
Ireland was drawn into Group C with New Zealand, in addition to Lebanon and Jamaica.
Australia and New Zealand have mentioned that it’s “simply too unsafe” to journey and have additional cited participant welfare and security issues as causes.
Both groups have been coming into the competitors as the highest two groups on the planet and had routinely certified after their performances in 2017 and have been the 2 finalists that 12 months.
As the instances proceed to rise in England, the 2 nations have determined to not journey and have additionally repeated requires the postponement of the competitors till 2022.
The choice to withdraw from the RLW means the Australian Jillaroos and Kiwi Ferns is not going to take part within the girls’s division.
A joint assertion from the 2 nations mentioned: “The Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) and New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) in the present day knowledgeable the International 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.
“The ARLC and NZRL have resolved, that in the present environment the risks to athletes and officials travelling to the UK to participate in the tournament this year are too great, and it is unable to endorse Australia and New Zealand participating in the RLWC in 2021.”
NZRL chief government Greg Peters cited “stark differences” between the administration of the pandemic within the UK and Australasia and declared it was “simply too unsafe” for the Southern Hemisphere powerhouses to participate within the event.
He mentioned: “The security and well-being of our folks is the primary precedence, and sadly, that can’t be assured to our satisfaction.
“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 rapidly issues can change.
“The event organisers have moved heaven and earth to make this work, so it isn’t a simple choice, however the Covid-19 state of affairs within the UK reveals no signal of enhancing, and it’s just too unsafe to ship groups and employees over.
“We understand how disappointing this is for fans and those involved; however player and staff safety remains paramount.”
ARLC chairman Peter V’landys AM reiterated his New Zealand counterpart’s issues and issued a renewed enchantment for the event to be rescheduled for subsequent 12 months.
“In the current environment, the risks to the safety, health and well-being of the players and officials travelling from Australia to participate in the tournament this year are insurmountable,” he mentioned.
“The majority of NRL gamers are presently dwelling away from house beneath tough biosecurity protocols. They would then be required to stay beneath protocols and away from house at some point of the event earlier than once more quarantining on return to Australia. This is an excessive amount of to ask our gamers and officers to do.
“We have again requested the IRL and Rugby League World Cup consider postponing the event until 2022 to enable all players to participate.”
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