Wales Rugby League issue statement

Wales Rugby League have today released a statement in reaction to Crusaders’ decision to withdraw their franchise bid for the 2012-14 seasons.

A statement issued by the Chairman and BOD of Wales Rugby League read:

“We are shocked and disappointed at today’s news, in particular our concerns are with the players and staff whose livelihoods are threatened, and the growing fan base who have become enthused by the sport.

“We have had assurances from the RFL that they are still committed to their long term strategy to expand the sport, especially in a period which will see Wales competing in the 2012 4 Nations tournament and the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, which Wales will be jointly hosting.

“We would like to emphasise that Wales Rugby League is an independent organisation who are committed to the long term growth of the sport in Wales, and our programmes to grow and develop the sport are ongoing.”

There are currently 45 rugby league teams in Wales and 158 school teams also play the sport. It is estimated that 7,000 people play rugby league in Wales each year.

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