The Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) today welcomed news from the New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) and The Rugby Football League (RFL) that the proposed Test match scheduled for 23 June in Denver between the Kiwis and England, the first of three such matches, remained on track.
RLIF Chairman John Grant said “The opportunity afforded NZRL, RFL and the RLIF to meet directly with the RLPA, the NRL and the NRL clubs at this week’s CEO’s meeting, apart from being a first of its kind, allowed all parties to put their best foot forward in support of international rugby league.”
All parties involved in the process of seeking sanctioning for this match acknowledged it has been challenging. The International Federation has committed to work with its member nations and player representatives to review and improve this process.
“With the ever changing broadcast rights landscape, more international matches will grow the number of participants and our audience worldwide and consequently increase revenue to the NRL and Super League from their domestic rights. Growing this revenue line is an opportunity for the clubs and the Federation’s job is to ensure transparency of both a long range international schedule and the process by which matches are sanctioned. This is at the top of our ‘to do’ list” Mr Grant said.