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1 minute ago, Wakefield Ram said:

Their participation should have been confirmed one way or another before announcing the WC was on. 

To be fair New Zealand's was apparently and they've reneged.

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1 minute ago, Wakefield Ram said:

Their participation should have been confirmed one way or another before announcing the WC was on. 

At what point do you expect the organisers to wait till? The Aussies are just one nation out of 16, the other 15 did confirm.

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26 minutes ago, DavidM said:

Ask them for their own opinion , let them make their own risk assessment and bring a team that wants to come 

This is what Grant (IRL) is indicating.  He is saying 

"I have been in regular communication with the RLPA and a number of international players and coaches who have been satisfied with the World Cup's biosecurity arrangements and expressed a clear determination to travel to England and proudly represent their nations," Grant said in a statement.

"They have expressed to me that they feel their own personal choice to participate or not in the World Cup has been taken from them.“

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2 minutes ago, DI Keith Fowler said:

To be fair New Zealand's was apparently and they've reneged.

*makes bitingly satirical point about international agreements*

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7 minutes ago, gingerjon said:

Main headline and biggest story by far on the BBC Sport website.

Like I say: brilliant.

On the bright side I suppose any publicity is good publicity. At least everyone now know there is a RL World Cup!

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Nigel Wood bows out of the IRL CEO job in the middle of a pandemic and hands it onto Troy Grant of Australia. Six months later the NRL are ass whipping the International game and binning off the WC. 

Everyone knows the next stage will be some international fixtures played in Aus/NZ this autumn with Tonga, Samoa, Fiji and PNG. 

We have to threaten legal action for compensation here. We also have to admit that the WC in 2022 is played in the British Summertime (June/July) if it is cancelled now.

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Schoey demanding that Aus and NZ excluded from 2025 and 2029 World Cups, according to Aus commentators at todays Canberra game. 

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42 minutes ago, Chrispmartha said:

Surely the Sensible approach would be for the ARL and NZRL to state they don't advise the players to travel but each player can decide for themselves if picked to play.

Because the NRL, which is let's face it the power behind the ARL, don't want the competition. 

They just want to play with their ball.  They live on the other side of the world, in splended isolation ... and even in their own country, Perth is another world from Sidney.  They are parochial.  And the NRL have become massively insular, they are so much up their own backsides that it's not true.

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2 hours ago, Sports Prophet said:

I bet you I am not.

 

4 minutes ago, Lowdesert said:

This is what Grant (IRL) is indicating.  He is saying 

"I have been in regular communication with the RLPA and a number of international players and coaches who have been satisfied with the World Cup's biosecurity arrangements and expressed a clear determination to travel to England and proudly represent their nations," Grant said in a statement.

"They have expressed to me that they feel their own personal choice to participate or not in the World Cup has been taken from them.“

Still want to make that bet @Sports Prophet....as expected you were wrong as usual.

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Just now, JohnM said:

Schoey demanding that Aus and NZ excluded from 2025 and 2029 World Cups

Well done Schoey!  What a bunch of wimps they have turned out to be `down under'.

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3 minutes ago, Scubby said:

Everyone knows the next stage will be some international fixtures played in Aus/NZ this autumn with Tonga, Samoa, Fiji and PNG. 

Yup. Probably with extended bio-bubbles.

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13 minutes ago, City RL said:

World Cup still needs to go ahead, with replacement nations.

Its not as simple as that. The withdrawal of the Aussies and Kiwis will have put a huge hole in the finances of the competition. The broadcast rights value will suddenly have plummeted and those broadcasters who had previously signed contracts will be having their lawyers exercising force majeure clauses asap. I'd imagine that broadcasters in Australia and NZ will have no interest in showing a competition they do not feature in.

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6 minutes ago, JohnM said:

Schoey demanding that Aus and NZ excluded from 2025 and 2029 World Cups, according to Aus commentators at todays Canberra game. 

What World Cups in 2025 and 2029?

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There will be no world cup in 2022

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7 minutes ago, Scubby said:

We also have to admit that the WC in 2022 is played in the British Summertime (June/July) if it is cancelled now.

The UEFA Women's Euros are being played in July next year in England.

Venues booked include Old Trafford, Bramall Lane and Leigh Sports Village.

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4 minutes ago, gingerjon said:

What World Cups in 2025 and 2029?

Yes indeed. Won't happen. 

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Just now, Smudger06 said:

I'm cutting ties with the NRL, not watching it until the day comes they atone. Can't believe they've managed to drag the kiwis down as well. 

Lets face it. The NRL get $20 million a year from NZ TV rights and throw the NZRL a bit of loose change back. Loose change that will be cut off before you know it if the NZRL don't tow the party line. As will any international with Australia to further strangle NZRL sources of income.

I suppose though the NZRL could try to find alternative sources of income, say playing England mid season. Oh wait, I forgot, its not like the NRL don't have a track record of sabotaging attempts to raise alternative sources of income like that and wont do their upmost to stop players playing. With friends like that eh.....

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14 minutes ago, DI Keith Fowler said:

To be fair New Zealand's was apparently and they've reneged.

Scared that the Ozzies will penalise them by refusing to play New Zealand some time in the future, if they don't 'fall in line like good little Australian acolytes!

Pooo !

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