World Cup organisers say they will continue to work relentlessly hard to deliver the tournament in England this year.
The International Rugby League Board met on Thursday and unanimously reiterated that their priority focus is the successful delivery of the World Cup this autumn in England.
An IRL statement read: “The Board and RLWC2021 recognise the challenges ahead, but are encouraged by the recent update from the UK Government and the credibility and detailed planning already undertaken by the RLWC2021 team.
“The Board will continue to support RLWC2021’s substantial work with all participating nations to ensure that every possible action is taken to deliver the biggest and best ever RLWC on schedule.”
The Women’s Rugby (Union) World Cup 2021, due to be held in New Zealand this autumn, is set to be postponed until next year following a recommendation by governing body World Rugby.
But Rugby League World Cup organisers say they have recognised the challenges ahead and will work relentlessly hard to ensure the tournament goes ahead this autumn.
The RLWC2021 tweeted: “RLWC welcome the support from the IRL Board following their board meeting last week.
“Collectively we recognise there are still challenges ahead, not least international travel and quarantine, but we will continue to work relentlessly hard to deliver the biggest and best ever Rugby League World Cup this year.”
— Rugby League World Cup 2021 (@RLWC2021) March 2, 2021
The Rugby League World Cup is due to get underway on October 23, with hosts England taking on Samoa at Newcastle’s St James’ Park.