Ashes off the agenda for Four Nations

Monday September 14, 2009 by  

The historical significance of the Rugby League Ashes has persuaded the RFL and ARL to reject calls for England and Australia to contest the sport’s most prestigious trophy when they meet in the Four Nations next month.

The two governing bodies had been considering suggestions from current and former Test players for the Ashes Trophy to be played for in the international at Wigan on Saturday October 31.

However after listening to supporters and opponents of the plan, the sheer logistics of transforming the history of the Ashes concept from a three-match series to a one-off match has led to the plan being shelved.

“It was an idea born out of a great sporting rivalry and it is to the credit of the Australians that they were prepared to consider the move,” said RFL Chairman Richard Lewis. Read more

UK to host next World Cup

Tuesday July 28, 2009 by  

The Rugby League International Federation announced today that the next Rugby League World Cup will be held in the United Kingdom in 2013.

The decision was one of many major issues discussed by the International Federation at a two day meeting scheduled in Singapore to determine the future of the International calendar and to discuss the allocation of funding to develop the International game.

The 2008 Rugby League World Cup, run by the Rugby League International Federation, was an outstanding success, attracting more than 290,000 fans including a substantial number of international tourists.

The global television audience reached 19.2million people across some 120 countries and was the most widely broadcast Rugby League event in the game’s history. Read more