Oceania Cup rugby league tests postponed

The mid-year Oceania Cup rugby league tests involving New Zealand, Tonga, Samoa and the Cook Islands have been postponed as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

However, the Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation remains committed to delivering Oceania Cup fixtures in October-November.

According to nrl.com, the APRLC board held an emergency meeting yesterday to consider the impact of current and fast-changing restrictions on sport, travel and public gatherings caused by Coronavirus.

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The board determined that planning to proceed with the fixtures scheduled for Auckland on June 20 (New Zealand v Tonga and Samoa v Cook Islands) was not viable.

Even if restrictions were to be lifted before the event date, it is not feasible to undertake the work required to deliver matches in June amid the current uncertainty.

In addition, the board noted that postponing mid-season Oceania Cup matches may assist the NRL by freeing up the June representative round weekend should they require extra flexibility in scheduling.

Source: nrl.com


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