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World Cup highlights the “exponential progress” of worldwide rugby league

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Greece, Brazil and Jamaica made their World Cup debuts

World Cup chief government Jon Dutton has referred to as for the pressing implementation of a correct worldwide calendar to be made on the again of this 12 months’s event.

After 5 weeks and 61 matches throughout males’s, girls’s and wheelchair tournaments, the 2021 World Cup reached its conclusion on Saturday. There have been 67,502 inside Outdated Trafford for a predictable double triumph for Australia’s all-conquering Kangaroos and Jillaroos.

Aside from a males’s worldwide between England and France in April, its unknown when the subsequent worldwide rugby league matches are for a lot of the nations who competed on the World Cup.

Worldwide Rugby League, the group accountable for operating the worldwide recreation, is hoping to finalize a calendar in December. Nevertheless, it’s being pissed off by tough negotiations being performed down below by the gamers’ union; and the Australian Rugby League Fee.

“I perceive it is difficult however one thing has to alter,” stated Dutton concerning the worldwide scheduling.

“I feel it’ll take some bravery, some boldness and a few imaginative and prescient – however all of the elements are there.

“There’s exponential progress in worldwide rugby league within the totality; and I do not assume the main target needs to be solely on the boys’s recreation.

“The ladies’s, wheelchair and PDRL video games can take the game to new heights alongside the boys.”

There’s an urge for food for worldwide rugby league

Subsequent week in Jerico, Colombia, the host nation will probably be joined by Brazil and Chile within the South American Championships. It acts as the primary spherical of continental qualifying for 2025. Related tournaments have already taken place in Bodrum, Turkey, and the Ghanaian capital Accra.

They’re a world away from matching Australian would possibly, which was underscored by the ladies’s medical 54-4 closing win over their closest rivals, New Zealand, earlier than the stage was set for Meninga’s males to additionally wrap up their third straight title.

But from Jamaica’s debut, culminating within the scenes surrounding their first attempt from full-back Ben Jones-Bishop in opposition to New Zealand, to Brazil’s partaking Amazonas, the event served to underscore the large untapped potential of the worldwide recreation.

Greece, plus America and Spain within the wheelchair event, additionally made their respective World Cup debuts. Dutton is optimistic all 5 nations can construct on their preliminary forays.

“I’ve sat down with Jermaine Coleman and had a protracted conversations about Jamaica’s journey,” he stated.

“Jamaica have such an opportunity as a result of there’s growth and progress in Kingston already. Romeo Monteith has achieved such work there.

“The World Cup provides you profile and visibility and scope for progress. I feel that is going to be felt in Jamaica.

“In Greece, we all know via the work achieved with their Authorities with the workforce going to Athens has created visibility for them.

“Brazil is extra difficult due to the dimensions of the nation however what it is achieved is create an urge for food for progress.

“With the USA and Spain wheelchair groups, you are seeing new nations who within the males’s operating recreation would possibly by no means get to the latter levels of a World Cup. However the USA specifically, with the athletes they’ve at their disposal, it might be doable that in the future they elevate a Rugby League World Cup. I feel that is good.”

Mal Meninga: World Cup simply reveals the place worldwide recreation goes

Bolstered by sturdy tv viewing figures and backed by Mal Meninga, one in every of its most persuasive of promoters, there seems to be real intent amongst most of the sport’s power-brokers in sustaining the way forward for the worldwide sport.

“I am able the place I can say this, as a result of I am the coach of the World Cup winners, however I assumed the entire event was a superb showpiece and simply reveals the place the worldwide recreation goes,” stated Meninga after his facet’s 30-10 closing win over Samoa.

“Having Samoa in there may be nice for the worldwide recreation. I am wanting ahead to the decision-makers making their subsequent determination about the place the sport goes. I am an excellent supporter of rugby league and I need it to thrive in a method that delivers for everybody.”

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