Rugby League: TRI-NATIONS GIVEN GO-AHEAD

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Rugby League: TRI-NATIONS GIVEN GO-AHEAD


Byline: IAN LAYBOURN

SUPER League clubs have given their backing to proposals to revive a TriNations tournament involving Australia and New Zealand, possibly as early as next year.

The concept was consigned to the dustbin after Great Britain suffered humiliating defeats in the inaugural competition held in Brisbane and Auckland in 1999 but the Lions' record 64-10 defeat by Australia in Sydney on July 12 has forced a re-think.

Yesterday's resounding agreement of the 12 Super League clubs at their meeting in Halifax is a victory for new Rugby Football League executive chairman Richard Lewis, who has put the international game at the top of his agenda.

Although Britain are due to play the Kiwis in a one-off Test next July, that is almost certain to be scrapped following the Sydney debacle and could be replaced by a triangular tournament.

``Agreement was reached on the basicprinciples of progressing a Tri-Nations tournament,'' said Lewis.

Australia Rugby League officials are also believed to be in favour of a revived competition involving the three major rugby league-playing nations, with Queensland and Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett having proposed a round-robin tournament for 2004.

Meanwhile, it was revealed yesterday that all 12 Super League clubs complied with the salary-cap regulations for the 2001 season. That will be a major relief for League bosses mindful of the situation 12 months ago when Wakefield were propelled into a relegation dogfight after being deducted two points. …

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