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World Cup kick-off a squeeze for NRL elite

The 2022 Rugby League World Cup in England will open less than two weeks after the NRL grand final as organisers try to avoid a clash with the FIFA World Cup.

World Cup officials released a new timeline for the postponed tournament on Thursday, with the first game scheduled for October 15, 2022.

That is one week earlier than the original opening match between England and Samoa when the Cup was meant to planned for this year.

The new date will allow the final to be played on November 19, two days before attention in the UK turns to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

But it promises to be a logistical headache for Australia and the vast majority of Pacific Island teams.

The 2022 NRL grand final is scheduled for October 2.

The ARL Commission has traditionally not named squads until after the grand final, and it would still need to fly players and staff over to England.

They would also usually prefer…

Read more at 7news.com.au


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