One of the key elements of the RLIF World Cup 2021 is the legacy element – what will the sport look like in the host nation and the competing nations after the tournament?
It is fair to say that Canada is preparing for a strong legacy element already. Interest in Women’s Rugby League in Canada is already on the increase with the announcement that the Ravens have been selected to participate in the 2021 World Cup. They are breaking new ground by taking both the men’s and women’s teams on a tour to Serbia. Canada Rugby League Association president, Bob Jowett, recognises the importance and the value saying,
“The up-coming Serbia tour will bring benefits by giving big game experience to players and by allowing coaching staff to evaluate players involved in the tour.
“The tour is also expected to further raise interest in the Women’s game. Whilst the tour will give players experience, it is recognised that participation in the Serbia tour does not guarantee a seat on the plane to England in 2021 – which makes the competition for places during our domestic seasons in 2020 and 2021 even more intense!”
As Canada is such a vast nation, the players in the west are involved in their domestic and provincial representative competition and it is heating up with the women doing battle at the “Best of the West” game which will be played in Edmonton on Sunday September 1st.
The British Columbia Storm do battle against the Alberta Broncos This will be the second year that the women have played with the storm edging out Alberta last year in a close contest. This is a major step forward for Canadian domestic rugby league and everyone knows that this is a major step on the pathway to positions on the national team.
The men will not miss out on the “Best of the West” as the British Columbia Bulldogs will face the Alberta Broncos on the same bill on Sunday.
The CRLA are still to appoint the coaching staff that will take the Ravens to England in 2021 and have asked a nominations committee to seek out candidates for the head coach position. The response has been overwhelming with 16 top-class applications received. The number and quality of candidates has created a very welcome problem for the CRLA, delaying the selection process. It is anticipated that the new head coach will be appointed shortly and that the successful candidate will have the maximum time to create a team that will be very competitive at RLWC2021.