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NRL set to ‘put a spotlight’ on Super League in Las Vegas with announcement imminent

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NRL journalist David Riccio has claimed that an announcement surrounding the English involvement in the NRL’s Las Vegas season opener next year is potentially imminent, with two Super League teams expected to play against each other.

There has been lots of talk recently about how the NRL can help Super League via buyouts or even running the international game but the most recent update is that there looks set to be Super League involvement in Las Vegas next spring when the NRL season opens up.

Two games were played at Allegiant Stadium in March with over 40,000 attending and a significant number of those fans were English which has led to the NRL looking at the idea of a Super League game to be added to the schedule to create a ‘triple-header’.

That’s per NRL journalist David Riccio who was speaking on SEN Radio and explained that it could be confirmed tomorrow with the NRL sides set to play in Las Vegas also set to be announced. Early reports have suggested that the four teams will be Canberra Raiders, Penrith Panthers, NZ Warriors and Cronulla Sharks.

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David Riccio has now spoken on the potential English involvement as he told Greg Alexander on SEN Radio’s The Back Page show that the NRL are keen for a Super League game to be played in order to capitalise on the large English presence evidence in March.

Riccio said: “Whether this is announced tomorrow, I can’t confirm, but it’s certainly been a major discussion and there has been negotiations in the background to also include two English clubs in Las Vegas for the doubleheader of the NRL map, to make it effectively a triple header.

“One of the key points for that was just the amount of English fans on the ground in Vegas this year. The NRL have noticed that, they’ve got the numbers on that, and they believe that putting a spotlight on the English game, putting them on also in Las Vegas would be a major positive for the game.”

Serious About Rugby League had earlier contacted the RFL in regards to other reports that the England Women’s national team will face Australia as part of the Las Vegas season launch.

The RFL told SARL: “The possibility of UK involvement in Las Vegas is one of a number of areas we have been discussing positively with the NRL in recent months.”

Riccio’s host Greg Alexander was another who was keen for English involvement in Las Vegas, although he suggested the idea of the World Club Challenge being hosted there instead as he cited a lack of funds in Super League.

On SEN, Alexander said: “It’s been thrown up for quite some time the idea that you get the World Club Challenge played in Vegas along with four separate NRL teams. I think that’s a good idea.

“I think English Rugby League has been struggling for quite a while now. The money just isn’t there.”

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