It is rugby league’s worst kept secret at present that England are looking to seal a three game series against Tonga for this autumn after the Super League season.
But confirmation has been routinely delayed.
The CBA negotiations in the NRL made it tough to sign off on the game and then to throw a spanner into the works Australia and New Zealand began pushing for a four nations competition with Samoa and Tonga excluding England.
Naturally, England boss Shaun Wane wants to see the series confirmed but he went further than that on BBC Five Live saying he wants plans for next year confirmed as well so that the sport can beginning advertising and selling tickets and fans can begin to organise what games they’d like to attend.
He said: “I’d like to know, I’d like them to confirm so we know where we’re going. I’d also like to know who we’re playing next year and the year after so everyone has got time to organise tickets and get ready for the game. It is what it is though, there’s nothing we can do.
“I’m excited though with how young the squad is and I’m hoping everybody else, some of the talent in Super League is really impressive.”
It is an area the sport needs to address as international games always seemed to be planned late making it hard to spread the word.