RLIF chairman Nigel Wood has said that the international game has never been in a better position, after the NRL announced they were continuing the development of the game in the Pacific Nations.
In a week where the Rugby League civil war in America looks to have finally reached its end – just days after the USA and Canada played out the 5th Colonial Cup in front of over 7,000 fans – this latest announcement continues the strong growth for international RL – with Wood insisting the game is in rude health at international level.
“The nations have a long and proud tradition, as was evidenced in last year’s Rugby League World Cup when they lit up every venue they played at, and e will see again with Samoa’s participation in this autumn’s Four Nations tournament,” Wood said.
“International Rugby League has never been in a stronger position,” Wood added. “More nations are playing the sport than ever before on the back of a terrific World Cup, and the recent success of the Commonwealth Nines.
“There has rarely been such a positive feel about our geographical spread and international footprint and this latest programme will also be a welcome boost for the legions of fans in the Pacific.”