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The Aussies and Kiwis have “bottled it” because they are “scared of losing”

Rees-Mogg, made the joke amid concerns in the British Parliament over the two countries’ decision to pull out of the tournament, the Canberra Times has reported.

Labour’s Judith Cummins, currently acting as a temporary deputy leader, also waded into the argument, stating that Australia and New Zealand have “bottled it”.

Australia and New Zealand have faced a backlash throughout Britain over their decision to pull out to COVID reasons, believing that the UK’s worsening situation has made it “too unsafe to send teams and staff over”.

Rees-Mogg told shadow Commons leader Thangam Debbonaire: “She mentions rugby league and the fact the Australians and New Zealanders think they’re going to lose and therefore have pulled out.

“I must confess that this is rather sad, isn’t it?

“I always thought the Australians, of all people – one of the countries which we in this House love most – are never ones to pull out of a competition but they think they’re going to lose, so they’re staying at home.

“That is a pity and I’m sure the rugby league will run the competition with enormous effectiveness and ensuring COVID security is followed.”



  1. Paper Dragon

    July 22, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    They are right. They look like wimps while their fellow countrymen and women in other sports play in the UK, the Olympics in Japan and elsewhere.
    If the cap fits Aussies and Kiwis, you’ll just have to wear it. Proud and tough RL players reduced to hiding away and letting their game down. Shame on you.

  2. Richard Palliser

    July 22, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    Renders the competition a farce, with arguably the best teams in the world out. Real shame for the neutrals 😕

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