Update – 27th August 2020: We suspended publication of Rugby League World at the start of the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown in the UK. Our most recent issue was number 468, cover dated April 2020 (pictured). Print copies of this issue are now sold out, but the digital edition can still be purchased to read online via Pocketmags.
It has been a difficult decision for us to work out when is the best time to resume publication of Rugby League World.
As of August 2020, the pandemic is still ongoing and although many lockdown restrictions have been eased since they were first imposed in March, the situation is far from settled and local lockdowns are still in force in a number of places.
With only Super League and the NRL now playing, and no international activity, that limits the content we can produce. Plus, the ongoing possibility that the season could be suspended again at short notice if many more players get the virus constantly looms over everything. We don’t want to restart the magazine and then have to suspend it again soon after. The retail news market is also in terrible shape right now, with footfall in key stores based in travel hubs like bus and railway stations, and high streets too, at an all time low.
What we have decided to do is hold off bringing the mag back for the time being, and wait to see if the season is completed, with the Challenge Cup Final (Oct 17) and the Super League Grand Final (Nov 28) both taking place on their revised schedule. If that happens, we will aim to bring out a Christmas Special in early December to wrap up what has been an extraordinarily difficult year, followed by resuming our normal monthly publishing schedule with what will hopefully be a full season launch issue in January 2021.
Subscriptions are currently paused, to ensure no one loses any value on what they have paid for. Subscribers will automatically receive any new issues as and when they are published, and we will promote the return of the mag via League Express, TotalRL.com and our social media channels as soon as we can say for absolute certain when we are publishing again.
Thank you for your support for Rugby League World in these difficult times, it is much appreciated.
Alex Davis, Lorraine Marsden, Matthew Shaw & John Drake
The Rugby League World Editorial Team
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