Tonga coach Woolf backs RLWC postponement

2021-08-05 21:34:22

Tonga head coach Kristian Woolf says the choice to push again the 2021 World Cup by 12 months is the proper one.

Australian Woolf, whose day job is coach of Tremendous League champions and Problem Cup winners St Helens, says his Tongan gamers had been nonetheless eager to play within the event in England this autumn when the choice was made to postpone.

“We definitely made it clear that, if it went forward, we had been dedicated to being part of the World Cup,” Woolf mentioned.

“That was no matter what Australia and New Zealand’s stance was. We had been more than pleased to crack on.

“What modified most likely was the stance of the NRL golf equipment and I do perceive the place they’re coming from – they’re defending their largest property, that are their gamers, and I additionally perceive it is a totally different panorama in Australia.

“So I do not maintain it towards them, though we now have a distinct viewpoint.

“I am actually dissatisfied it is off however the way in which issues have began to transpire, I do suppose it most likely is the proper resolution.”

Woolf, who has guided Tonga to fourth place on the earth rankings behind Australia, New Zealand and England, paid tribute to the work of World Cup chief govt Jon Dutton in coping with the affect of the pandemic and the refusal of NRL golf equipment to assist the event.

“One factor I would wish to say is that I’ve huge respect for Jon Dutton and the way in which he has gone about issues,” he mentioned. “He is been put in a very tough place however I believe he is been actually clear.

“He is dealt with himself rather well and he deserves a number of credit score for that and for making the proper resolution on the finish of the day.”

Woolf says his Tonga workforce will use the time to relaxation up.

“My private feeling, after the discussions that I’ve had with various our Tongan gamers, is that we’re finest off utilizing this break as an low season to truly relaxation and recuperate from what’s been a very robust couple of years,” he added.

“By doing that, I believe we’ll be in a greater place to actually go and assault the World Cup on the finish of subsequent 12 months.

“What you have to bear in mind is that the NRL and the Tremendous League seasons are actually, actually robust bodily and actually robust mentally and any time you get to have off is an actual plus for the usual of the sport that you are going to have the ability to play and the usual of subsequent 12 months’s World Cup.”

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