RFL chief: Opportunities for England in Far East and America

Rugby Football League CEO Nigel Wood has said there could be opportunities in the future for England to play internationals in the Far East and North America.

Speaking at the launch for the 2021 World Cup to be held in England, Wood talked about the possibility of taking England games abroad to different continents.

With Toronto Wolfpack romping League 1, there is a feel good factor in North American rugby and that could play a part in future events there before the 2025 Rugby League World Cup in the USA.

““I think the world has shrunk, people are more used to going around the world than they used to do and there are opportunities, not just in America, but in the Far East and the Middle East,” Wood told Total Rugby League.

“Rugby league has to lift its head up a little bit and look at where there is an opportunity.

“We’ve got a fantastic sport and it is beholden upon the administrators to provide opportunities for the sport to be showcased on the widest possible footprint and to give the players the chance to experience new cultures as well.

“It is an interesting time to be a sportsman because different regions are bidding for tournaments.”

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