Test matches postponed and Ashes series in doubt due to COVID-19

The mid-season Oceania Cup fixtures between New Zealand, Tonga, Samoa and the Cook Islands have been postponed due to COVID-19.

In an emergency board meeting on Thursday, The Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation decided that due to the uncertainty surrounding restrictions on sport, public gatherings and travel, they could no longer go ahead with the test matches that were scheduled to take place in June.

According to NRL.com, the APRL believed that the postponement of the test matches could assist the NRL by giving them extra flexibility should there be any re-scheduling required.

Plans are being discussed to play the Tests in October/November with games scheduled between New Zealand, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Cook Islands.

“There are still a lot of moving parts, but this is the prudent way to go, and the best option to ensure all nations due to participate in Oceania Cup can play at least one international this year,” APRLC chairman Sandis Tsaka said.

It is also being reported that the Australian Rugby League Commission are also considering the viability of the Kangaroo tour scheduled for the end of the season.

Australia are due to play three Tests against England in October/November.

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