Wolfpack to complete season, but no games in Toronto

By Peter Thompson 16 July 2020 3
Wolfpack to complete season, but no games in Toronto

Toronto Wolfpack have announced they will complete their first Super League season but they will not play on home soil until next year.

It had been reported that the Wolfpack may have to pull out of the rest of the campaign due to visa issues which could make the likes of marquee signing Sonny Bill Williams unavailable for selection.

Toronto were included when the fixtures for the rest of the season, which resumes on August 2 after being halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, were announced on Thursday.

The Wolfpack will not be in action at Lamport Stadium, though, with games played behind closed doors at a small number of venues – including triple-headers at Headingley and Langtree Park.

There will be 15 rounds of matches and a Top Four semi-final play-off before the Grand Final is stage late in November.

Wolfpack chairman and chief executive Bob Hunter says there is no chance the club could have played in Toronto again until 2021.

"These are truly challenging times for our sport and the work carried out means teams are able to return and complete the 2020 season, whilst ensuring the safety and welfare of our players," said Hunter.

"Games in August will start behind closed doors, however there is a chance that fans will be able to watch games in stadiums in the UK and France towards the end of the season.

"Additional games have also been selected for broadcast to allow fans to stay as connected as possible with their teams.

"Regrettably for the Wolfpack the challenges around travel, international border protocols and the hosting of public events in Toronto have proved too significant for the team to be able to host games at Lamport Stadium this season.

"This is not a decision that has been taken lightly, and we vow to return to Toronto bigger and better than ever before in 2021."

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