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‘Stop sending players’ – Super League boss slams England embarrassment

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Hull KR head coach Willie Peters says many Super League coaches may stop sending players on international duty after the disappointing mid-season test at the weekend.

The match, which was in Toulouse, and not available to watch on television – was played in front of 4,500, far smaller than most Super League attendances.

In addition, there was trouble for many fans to watch the game on SuperLeague+, a streaming platform not even available on most televisions.

It has been widely criticised, with many saying the planning was embarrassing – and the crowd at the Stade Ernest-Wallon really was a sorry sight.

Shaun Wane’s experimental England side survived a scare to come out 40-8 winners, but the result paled into insignificance for many people within the game.

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Super League coaches could ‘stop sending players on international duty’?

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Via The Yorkshire Post, Willie Peters was similarly upset, saying: “I’ve heard some comments about it being embarrassing and to be honest, I totally agree.

“As a coach, I want my players to play international rugby and would never hold a player back from playing for their country. For so many different reasons but most of all because it should be the highest honour.

“I would never want to not let my players play for their country but certainly some coaches now will be looking and going: ‘Why would we let our players go there with the injury risk if people aren’t going to fully buy into what it’s all about?’”

Indeed, Sam Wood of Castleford Tigers hasn’t been named in their 21-man squad for Friday night’s fixture against St Helens, which may be due to injury, as the side don’t have many strong centre options.

Peters also lamented the game not being on TV, saying: “There were some good players on that field for both teams, world-class players. It’s crazy to think that we wouldn’t want to get that product out to a wider audience. It’s disappointing.”

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