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COVID-19 – Rugby League World Cup Perspective

24th March 2020

These are unprecedented and uncertain times and the fast moving nature of this global crisis will undoubtedly affect everyone in different ways, according to the Chief Executive of the Rugby World Cup 2021, Jon Dutton. 


In my experience the sports industry consists of brilliant, can do people with a passion to create memorable experiences. People that by nature are hard working, resilient and pull in the same direction for the greater good.


Now is a time more than ever for togetherness and unity, a time to support people in whatever way we can to get through this tumultuous period.


Sport will have a massive part to play in the national and global recovery. Jonathan Liew recently wrote in the New Statesman that ‘as the Second World War drew to a close, a population that had been ravaged by bombs and rationing for six years came to the euphoric realisation that of all the things that weren’t important, sport was the most important’. Whilst this is a different situation I am sure the sentiment will resonate with many people.


We at the Rugby League World Cup 2021 are in a more fortunate position that many. We have some time on our side and have a nimble and small team. We will be able to realign our plans accordingly once there is a greater amount of certainty with what the future holds. We will continue to follow government advice, will look out for each other and will (virtually) interact with as many people as possible to understand their plans and to share knowledge.


We want to provide something for people to look forward, hope and optimism whatever the new normal is.