DE­CI­SION D-DAY ON KANGA-RUSE

Irish Daily Mirror - - IRISH DAILY MIRROR - BY GARETH WALKER

IN­TER­NA­TIONAL Fed­er­a­tion boss Nigel Wood in­sists no de­ci­sion has yet been made on Lions and Kan­ga­roos tours af­ter a shock plan from Aus­tralia.

The Aus­tralian Rugby League Com­mis­sion pro­posed their own in­ter­na­tional cal­en­dar with a Kan­ga­roos tour of England next year – as op­posed to a re­turn to the Lions tours Down Un­der.

For­mer RFL chief ex­ec­u­tive Wood has stressed no de­ci­sions will be reached be­fore all par­ties meet in Sin­ga­pore at the end of this month.

He said: “The RLIF board meets later this month, by which time it is hoped the ARLC will be in a po­si­tion to make a for­mal sub­mis­sion which can be con­sid­ered along­side the views of our other mem­bers.

“It is cer­tainly com­mend­able that Aus­tralia is now pos­i­tively en­gaged in dis­cussing the fu­ture of the in­ter­na­tional game.

“Nev­er­the­less I think there are likely to be many sur­prised by how far the ARLC’S new think­ing de­vi­ates from the po­si­tion it had pre­vi­ously com­mit­ted to.

“At that time, the RLIF board an­nounced a GB Lions Tour in 2019 to be fol­lowed by a Kan­ga­roo tour in 2020 as a pre­cur­sor to the next RLIF World Cup in the UK in 2021.”

SUR­PRISED RL boss Nigel Wood

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