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“We need the game to grow but will plus 700 mile round trips in the height of summer in holiday traffic be sustainable?” – how social media reacted to Cornwall RLFC being founded

Well, last night rugby league expanded onto the south-western tip of the United Kingdom.

Cornwall RLFC has been born, taking over from the Ottawa Aces whose Canadian adventure ended a month ago.

Simon Johnson, the RFL Chair, said:
“The RFL Board have approved the club’s request to relocate as it takes the Betfred League One competition, and the sport of Rugby League, into a new area, which shares many of the characteristics of the traditional Rugby League heartlands in the north, and has a renowned passion for rugby. This is an exciting opportunity to take our great sport to a completely new audience in a beautiful part of the country, and for our clubs and supporters to embrace that.”

But, just how did social media react?

One Bradford Bulls fan had a few choice words to say about it.

Another also directed their anger at Eric Perez – the founder of Ottawa Aces and previously the Toronto Wolfpack.

Another supporter couldn’t hide their disappointment.

However, one fan couldn’t wait for the away trip to the south coast.

Another supporter was also more keen on this idea than the two previous Canadian projects.

Someone pointed out that northern teams wouldn’t be happy about the travel.

One supporter pointed to the distance between Cornwall and the bulk of the clubs.

Another fan, however, was hoping that this concept would work.

One supporter felt that the south west had been nearing such a move for a while.

One person believed that another Midlands team would have been better.

Another fan couldn’t wait for the trip to Cornwall.

One Cornwall resident is excited about the potential.

The Catalans and Toulouse media also had some positive words to say.

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