Revived Kangaroos’ British tour delayed
A KANGAROOS tour of Britain will be delayed by 12 months and revived in 2020 after scheduling discussions at the weekend's Rugby League International Federation meeting.
The NRL had taken to the meeting in Singapore a suggested four-year calendar in which Australia would tour Britain for a three-Test series in October and November next year.
Australia will play New Zealand in one Test each in October from 2018-22, but a mooted Australia-Tonga Test in New York later this year is not expected to go ahead.
ARL Commission chairman Peter Beattie would not be drawn on how many Super League clubs the Kangaroos would play on the 2020 tour.
Neither the RLIF or the NRL was inclined to be clear on when a Great Britain tour of Australia would take place within a five-year period.
RLIF chairman John Grant said Great Britain would tour the southern hemisphere in both 2019 and 2024.
"It's among the detail that needs to be worked through,'' Grant said.
Grant said he would not seek re-election as RLIF chairman at a meeting in England in November to consider governance changes.
"By then I will have done what I could do for seven years (including six as ARLC chairman) and the RLIF will be well set up,'' he said.
The RLIF meeting will decide at that November meeting on the composition of the board, proposed to be 11 directors while still reflecting the relative importance of the NRL and Super League. Three of the 11 directors will be independent of national associations.
"A lot of people have shifted a lot of ground - it was an outstanding outcome,'' Grant said.
The NRL had proposed a Four Nations competition be played in 2020, but none of these tournaments has been scheduled until at least the 2025 World Cup because Test tours and a 2019 Pacific nations tournament had been prioritised.
Beattie said the Singapore meeting had produced a "good calendar and a modernisation of the international game''.
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