Thursday 22 July 2021 / 10:54 AM Jo Stevens / Sport

Labour responds to Australia and New Zealand withdrawing from the Rugby League World Cup

Jo Stevens MP, Labour’s Shadow Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, responding to Australia and New Zealand withdrawing from the Rugby League World Cup, said:

“The withdrawal of Australia and New Zealand from the Rugby League World Cup is a massive blow. Boris Johnson’s mishandling of the pandemic and the Johnson variant spread is putting the Rugby League World Cup at risk.

“Hosting the World Cup was due to bring an injection of much needed cash to the sport and communities holding the games.

“Cases are spiralling, yet the Government is hell-bent on “Freedom Day” at the expense of public health, businesses and now putting one of this year’s biggest sporting events in Britain at risk.”

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