WALES’ team in the contentious Euro XIIIs rugby league competition next year will not play any games at home, according to the WRL chief executive.
Rhonda Outlaws have confirmed their involvement in the league run by Spain-based Englishman Dean Buchan, which the Rugby League European Federation has refused the sanction because financial details have not been revealed to it.
The competition includes teams from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, raising the question of who will provide match officials, insurance and a disciplinary structure if games are played in territory controlled by the Rugby Football League and Rugby League Ireland.
But Wales Rugby League’s Gareth Kear says: “Rhonda Outlaws are playing all of their games away so (sanctioning) is not a consideration.
“We’re neutral regarding that competition. But I do remember what it was like to play rugby and I can imagine for teams that want to play and want an opportunity to play abroad, perhaps play in Spain, that’s quite exciting and very attractive.
“It’s an opportunity for them, they’re going to go on tour and we’ll see how it all pans out.
“So our teams are acting as free agents and we have a watching brief to see how it goes. I think if it works well then brilliant.”
On July 20, the RLEF issued the following statement regarding the Euro XIIIs: “The Rugby League European Federation board has not received the additional financial information asked for from the organisers of the planned Euro XIIIs club competition and, as a result, will not be formally endorsing it.
“Whilst we recognise the aims of the tournament, including the opportunity for increased participation in the sport – which we all seek – without the full requested financial detail, we cannot make a comprehensive assessment of the competition and its viability. Therefore, we are not in a position to endorse it nor seek to collaborate on its delivery.”
The other teams from the the UK and Ireland are Dublin Blues, Edinburgh Eagles and Birmingham Jaguars.