England clash with Fiji at Rochdale postponed

Rochdale have announced that England’s clash with Fiji at the Crown Oil Arena has been postponed until 2022.

The fixture, which was set to be England’s only warm-up test ahead of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup on October 15, has been moved following the postponement of the Rugby League World Cup until 2022.

The game was also a part of Rochdale’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

The club said in a statement: “Following the recent announcement that the Rugby League World Cup would be moved to Autumn 2022, the club has worked tirelessly with partners to ensure Rochdale Hornets would still host international rugby league in the run up to the rescheduled tournament.

An agreement in principle is now in place between Rochdale Hornets, the Rugby Football League and Fiji Rugby League for a fixture to be played at the Crown Oil Arena in the run up to the RLWC in 2022.

A date for the rearranged fixture is yet to be confirmed.

Tickets, hospitality, and sponsorship purchased for this year’s event will be valid for the rearranged fixture and tickets will be issued prior to the event fixture. The event fixture is currently unavailable for purchase but will be made available for sale once a new date is set.

Rochdale Hornets CEO, Steve Kerr said: “After the initial disappointment that the RLWC will be postponed, I’m delighted to reach an initial agreement to reschedule our 150th celebratory event to 2022.

“Whilst the finer details are still to be agreed, thanks must go to Mark Foster at the RFL and Don Natable at FNRL for their support.

“Work can now continue to make the England v Fiji game an incredibly special event for all fans, and I thank the thousands of people who have already purchased tickets, hospitality and sponsorship for their support, patience and understanding.

“Finally, I’d like to wish Jon Dutton and the team at RLWC2021 every success in re-organising and staging the World Cup and we remain committed to supporting Shaun Wane’s England team in their preparations.”

About Josh McAllister 1501 Articles
Journalist. Joined the Love Rugby League team full time at the start of 2022 having been a freelance reporter for several years. Previously media manager for Swinton and Rochdale.

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