There is concern for the 2025 World Cup.
It has been claimed that it is “on the brink of collapse” with funding being reduced and the new French government not keen on hosting.
The news was reported by Sky Sports’ Kyle Walker who said:
“It’s been reported that the 2025 World Cup is on the brink of collapse, that’s supposed to be in France.
“The Daily Telegraph in Sydney are reporting that a meeting between the International Rugby League Federation and officials in France will take place on Friday.
“This is part of ongoing conversations between the two. I’ve been making calls today and have spoke with journalists in France who say that this story is not without merit, and there’ll be more as it develops.”
Brian Carney elaborated on the matter further saying: “A change of government in France we believe, the new government are less supportive of the plans to stage the World Cup. It’s worrying if nothing else.”
Meanwhile, Jon Wilkin went on to say that it is alarming: “Obviously the change in government means a transitional period, a new Sports Minister in France and if these things aren’t set in concrete with things not signed then obviously it throws the whole World Cup into question.
“It’s quite shocking and quite alarming. Off the back of the World Cup we had here which was a tremendous success.”
In light of this, Jamie Jones-Buchanan has backed England to host the tournament if needed: “Stop deleting the hard drives, get the World Cup Committee out of retirement and let’s host it again, they did a great job last time so why not go again?”