Players wanted to play Rugby League World Cup, claims Australia captain Daly Cherry-Evans

Daly Cherry-Evans, Australia's incumbent captain and the Players Union president, says players are upset at not being consulted over the Kangaroos and Kiwis' decision to pull out of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup. Picture: STUFF SPORTS.

Players’ union general president Daly Cherry-Evans claims there would have been a stand-off with the ARL Commission had players been consulted on Australia’s Rugby League World Cup withdrawal.

The fallout from the exits of the Kangaroos and Kiwis due to safety and welfare concerns during the pandemic will continue on Monday night, with a meeting to determine the tournament’s fate.

The Rugby League Players’ Association has already made no secret of their frustration over the issue, claiming players were not given a choice in the call

Cherry-Evans sits in arguably one of the most unique positions.

He is one of the most influential figures in the game as Rugby League Players Association (RLPA) general president, but is also the incumbent Kangaroos’ captain.

Had Australia toured, it’s most likely the Manly halfback would have been part of the squad, fighting it out with Nathan Cleary for the No.7 jersey.


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