Written by Stuart McLennan
In a recent email obtained by Everything Rugby League from the Rugby League European Federation (RLEF) to member nations, the governing body declined to endorse the Euro XIIIs competition as requested information has not been provided.
The RLEF requested information on the ownership structure of Euro XIIIs, financial investment sources to underwrite the tournament and costs to be covered by clubs entering the competition. According to the European governing body they are yet to receive that information.
Consequently the RLEF can’t make a proper assessment of the competition or whether there is potential of a future relationship with Euro XIIIs.
Everything Rugby League has been approached by European member nations who revealed they have had difficulty obtaining similar information.
Apart from being a governing body, the RLEF has a duty of care to ensure its member nations and associated clubs are sustainable in the long term. Consequently any decision to endorse a competition would require them to be confident the venture had a solid foundation.
The RLEF will continue with its plans to develop a professional club competition in Europe.
The full email from the RLEF to members is detailed below.
The RLEF provides the following update to its members.
Following our initial meeting with the organisers of Euro XIII, the RLEF requested specific detailed information on its proposal of a club competition.
This included information on the structure of Euro XIII, financial investment sources to underwrite the tournament and costs to be covered by clubs entering the competition.
Unfortunately, the RLEF is yet to receive the specific and confirmed details. Without this information, the Board of RLEF cannot make a proper assessment of the competition or potential relationship with Euro XIII.
As such, the RLEF can confirm that it has no formal relationship with Euro XIII at this moment in time and is not providing any form of endorsement of the proposed competition.
The RLEF will make further efforts for a short period to work with Euro XIII to establish the required information before establishing its final position.
The RLEF recognises that under its Articles, they have no powers to stop the Euro X111 from proceeding, if that was a desired option.
The RLEF continues with its own plans for a professional club competition in Europe. We are continuing to hold discussions with a variety of potential investors and developing further detailed plans, which we will share with members in the future.”