Rugby league: New Zealand and Australian teams pull out of 2021 Rugby League World Cup

A NZ Herald article.

here will not be a New Zealand presence at the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.

The New Zealand Rugby League informed tournament organisers on Thursday that the Kiwis and Kiwi Ferns would not be attending the upcoming event in England, due to Covid related player welfare and safety concerns.

New Zealand has participated in every World Cup since the inaugural tournament in 1954.