NRL To Recommend Regular Kangaroo Tours Of GB From 2019

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12 July 2018

The NRL is proposing a return of Kangaroo tours of Great Britain as part of a shakeup of the international Rugby League calendar over the next four years reports TotalRugbyLeague.com.

ARL chairman Peter Beattie claims it is time to give international rugby league the platform it deserved with its own dedicated calendar of events.

He says the NRL’s plan, to be presented to the Rugby League International Federation meeting in Singapore later this month, would take a huge stride in showcasing the game internationally.

Consultation will also continue to take place with the RLPA, NZRL , RFL and other key stakeholders before the calendar is finalised.

Beattie said the cornerstones of the proposed calendar included a return of a three-match Kangaroo tour of Great Britain beginning in 2019, together with new tournament platforms for emerging nations to compete against the tier one nations during the cycle.

The last Kangaroo tour of Great Britain was in 2003.

Beattie said the proposed calendar would provide opportunities for Pacific nations to compete on the bigger stage in tournaments, more regularly.

Other highlights of the NRL’s proposed calendar for 2019-22 include:

A new Oceania Cup in 2019 featuring round robin matches between New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga to be played during June and October.

A Four Nations tournament held in the Southern Hemisphere in 2020 featuring Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Samoa.

Four Nations tournament held in the Northern Hemisphere in 2020 featuring England, France, PNG and Fiji.

Retention of the traditional Australia v

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