Following session with member federations, European Rugby League (ERL) has reviewed the European worldwide competitions scheduled for 2021.
Considering the consequences of the worldwide pandemic on nation’s talents to host and journey below on-going restrictions, Euro B and D competitions will go forward with modifications, while Euro C and the U20s European Championship might be moved again to 2022.
ERL chair, Maurice Watkins CBE, commented: “While it’s disappointing to should cancel among the competitions for 2021, we’ve to behave on the recommendation of our members.”
Euro B will comply with the method of different worldwide sporting occasions which have taken place over the previous 12 months and be performed in a ‘bubble’ in Belgrade, Serbia in early October 2021.
The hosts might be joined by Greece, Russia and Ukraine – who’ve been promoted from Euro C – with two rounds of matches to be performed, the winners gaining promotion to Euro A for 2022.
Owing to the continuing scenario in Germany and Norway, the place lockdown restrictions imply that home competitions have but to restart, it has been determined to cancel the Euro C competitors.
Euro D will characteristic Netherlands, Malta, Czechia and Turkey in a brand new format equivalent to Euro B. Internet hosting choices are being explored with preparations to be confirmed within the close to future.
The U20s championship, which was as a consequence of be staged in Italy, has been delayed for a second time as a consequence of uncertainty over journey and funding for the competing nations. The occasion will return in 2022 and might be run as an U19s event, with internet hosting preparations to be introduced.
Watkins continued: “The board was happy to have the ability to approve plans for Euro B and Euro D to proceed and can monitor the continuing scenario with the pandemic to make sure that all occasions can happen safely and in keeping with nationwide governments’ laws. We stay up for with the ability to resume a full calendar of worldwide competitors in 2022.”