International Rugby League considers 2020 schedule


The International Rugby League board say they are actively working with members to find the most viable solutions to the 2020 programme.

The IRL board has received presentations from members and from the IRL COVID-19 response committee (CRC) which comprises chair Greg Barclay, deputy chairs Graeme Thompson and Troy Grant, independent director Emma Young and chief executive Nigel Wood.

Based upon the information received, IRL is actively working with members and other interested parties to find the best and most viable solutions to the various and sometimes competing problems.

IRL chair Greg Barclay commented: “We have been in regular dialogue with the members throughout this period of uncertainty.

“Clearly, each nation is at a different stage in the whole process and everyone is trying to plan for the best possible outcome.

“The CRC allows us to be nimble in our responses as we all seek the best financial and commercial outcomes and promptly maximise opportunities that arise.

“The planned 2020 international calendar was set to be the biggest programme ever with the Oceania Cup, European Championships, MEA Championship and Americas Championship.

“The full programme is being reviewed by IRL and its confederations – Asia Pacific Rugby League and Rugby League European Federation.”

The IRL board also heard updates on the development of a new governing body in Tonga and considered further policies around the eligibility of players.

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