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Just now, Scubby said:

Are you holding your breath?

I know the focus here is on the NRL, but SL didn’t help matters in the schedule, I’m hoping they have a change of attitude (without covid getting in the way)

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Well no surprise, and probably the sensible decision for the organisers to make, but I’m gutted nonetheless. I’d like the see the NRL confirm they’ll be coming next year, as I can see this happening again next summer. 

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48 minutes ago, dkw said:

I look forward to the NRL cretins campaigning for the next 12 months to move the 2022 world Cup down under.

Doubt that they’d want it there either, they’re just not interested. 

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1 minute ago, Derwent said:

Not a popular view on here but commercially a rescheduled competition makes much more sense than a watered down one this year. 

There won’t be a competition next year 

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Just now, gingerjon said:

There won’t be a competition next year 

If that’s the case then it’s still better than a commercially catastrophic one this year. 

I’m not prejudiced, I hate everybody equally

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5 minutes ago, Man of Kent said:

The Independent has more.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-league/world-cup-2021-postponed-b1896103.html

Emergency RLWC board meeting tomorrow and press conference on Thursday morning with Dutton.

Says the government has backed a postponement. 

If the government will help with the difference fine but I honestly believe the aussies are not coming next year and in a way I can´t say I care. It´s sad in a way that this probably means the rfl will keep begging australia for games instead of building our own tournament. 

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1 hour ago, ShropshireBull said:

People will ask for a refund, they´ll probably be entitled to one. No government funding will be available next year and dutton will be long gone before a 2022 tournament takes place. 

Read Ian Laybourn (who once posted as as Paley in this parish) in the Independent - his article best read through the twitter link

- The Government has agreed to the postponement for 12 months is still backing the compa and John Dutton is going nowhere

 

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1 minute ago, THE RED ROOSTER said:

Read Ian Laybourn (who once posted as as Paley in this parish) in the Independent - his article best read through the twitter link

- The Government has agreed to the postponement for 12 months is still backing the compa and John Dutton is going nowhere

 

If the Gov still backs us but next year we need to plan for Australia and New Zealand not coming and post world cup quite frankly I want the RFL to plan for the Kiwis and Kangaroos being dead to us so we can build something else. 

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So when Australia RU are here and there are no problems every apologist is on here is going to have to accept this is nothing to do with player safety but the NRL not wanting the tournament, then they need to explain how next year will be any different. 

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On 22/07/2021 at 11:07, DiddyDave said:

Exactly mate, I said it on here a few days ago, nobody in their right mind would be wanting to head to Borisland in three months or so. Vaccinated or not, there`s no way anybody will be guaranteed to be safe from the virus and having to quarantine for two whole weeks on return is the final straw, sad as this decision is for the comp. Certainly boarding the plane for the 24 hour trip after a relentlessly hard season would be another factor most players wouldn`t be too keen on. Oh well, England will have a great chance of bettering their runner up spot from the last World Cup with having nowt to beat.

But those players never had a choice, so it´s simply the nrl saying no and this is a surrender. 

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1 hour ago, Toby Chopra said:

It's your money so you've every right to do as you wish. But I hope if people do decide to ask for refunds it's for genuine financial reasons and not some misguided attempt at revenge on the Aussies.

Sinking our own World Cup on purpose is the quickest route to giving the NRL everything it wants. 

No attempt at revenge, just would rather have the money in my pocket if it’s over a year away.

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25 minutes ago, Man of Kent said:

The Independent has more.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-league/world-cup-2021-postponed-b1896103.html

Emergency RLWC board meeting tomorrow and press conference on Thursday morning with Dutton.

Says the government has backed a postponement. 

Officials will have to start fresh negotiations with the BBC, who were due to show all 61 matches across the men’s, women’s and wheelchair events, as well as with stadium and camp hosts.”


Bit worrying, hopefully BBC will still be on board for the same number of matches next year.

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Just now, The One said:

No attempt at revenge, just would rather have the money in my pocket if it’s over a year away.

Venues for some of the games at least will have to be changed, no doubt.   It's not necessarily going to be a goer just plonking the same programme into the calendar 52 weeks on.

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On 22/07/2021 at 10:07, DiddyDave said:

Exactly mate, I said it on here a few days ago, nobody in their right mind would be wanting to head to Borisland in three months or so. Vaccinated or not, there`s no way anybody will be guaranteed to be safe from the virus and having to quarantine for two whole weeks on return is the final straw, sad as this decision is for the comp. Certainly boarding the plane for the 24 hour trip after a relentlessly hard season would be another factor most players wouldn`t be too keen on. Oh well, England will have a great chance of bettering their runner up spot from the last World Cup with having nowt to beat.

Didn't stop a group of blokes getting on an aircraft carrier for six weeks in 1946 and going to Australia, All of whom held down a job as well as playing rugby league.

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22 minutes ago, Henson Park Old Firm said:

This is pathetic low move... NRL hang your head in shame. Hope this can unite all Rugby League Supporters in England and finally stick it it to Australia and win the world cup. 

If we want a positive angle to focus on in all this misery, just imagine the scenes if we did beat Australia in the final next year after all this!

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4 minutes ago, Henson Park Old Firm said:

Or Australia is still in lock down..

 

With the ''strategy'' they are operating now, they'll be in lockdown for a decade.

 

This postponement is utter capitulation, no doubt, but the NRL/ARLC have got a gun to John Dutton's head.

They've made him ''an offer he can't refuse''. He must be sick to his stomach with them.

I wonder whether we'll see him in the game, beyond this Summer?

I can just imagine them grinning and gloating, ''It's not personal Johnny boy, it's just business, you know how it is''.

''Now sign here, and get out''.

So they've won then, but I hope we (collectively) make every effort to ensure this can never happen again.

It's one thing to lose the tournament, but the fact that they stabbed us in the back at our most vulnerable and our most needy moment, is utterly unconscionable.

The horror and despair I feel at this profound act of betrayal is hard to put into words.

I will certainly never forget what they've done and won't be able to find any peace, while this rat is in the house. 

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1 hour ago, The One said:

Officials will have to start fresh negotiations with the BBC, who were due to show all 61 matches across the men’s, women’s and wheelchair events, as well as with stadium and camp hosts.”


Bit worrying, hopefully BBC will still be on board for the same number of matches next year.

So it looks like what we all feared the BBC has get out clause theirs no way will show 61 games then go into World Cup football, what about the stadiums are they expecting fans to sit on tickets & hotels waiting till at least next year to find out if tickets booked plus hotels are ok ? its a cluster FCK.

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4 minutes ago, Devon Ram said:

So it looks like what we all feared the BBC has get out clause theirs no way will show 61 games then go into World Cup football, what about the stadiums are they expecting fans to sit on tickets & hotels waiting till at least next year to find out if tickets booked plus hotels are ok ? its a cluster FCK.

BBC has been shafted like everyone else. Self serving NRL and their cronies has kicked in the guts everyone who had put so much into this for so long . I wouldn’t believe if they promised to come next year and I wouldn’t be surprised if this WC never happened . This was big in so many ways , especially with the symbolism of emerging from the pandemic . Even the govt realised that . It’s been kyboshed for spurious and self centred reasoning and the saddest part is it didn’t have to and shouldn’t have happened . We bend over backwards for them and they said thanks and kicked us in the ar$e . Utter betrayal of the sport which shouldn’t be forgotten or forgiven 

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