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Hudgell ponders possible return date for Rugby League

The Hull KR chairman believes we’re looking towards July at the very earliest. Hull KR owner Neil Hudgell doesn’t expect to see a return for the sport until the beginning of July at the earliest. …

The Hull KR chairman believes we’re looking towards July at the very earliest.

Hull KR owner Neil Hudgell doesn’t expect to see a return for the sport until the beginning of July at the earliest.

The news of a cash injection into Rugby League, announced last night, has helped to provide some relief to clubs, but uncertainty regarding a return date and a format for fixtures remains.

Hudgell told talkSPORT2’s Mark Wilson and Phil Caplan: “Your guess is probably as good as mine

“I imagine we’re probably not going to see anything until the beginning of July, and maybe a bit later.

“There is an inevitability that there’s going to be some compromise on fixtures, whenever we start, and the news out of France is another complicated factor.

“When we went into lockdown the Dragons were behind on fixtures anyway, so it’s going to be tough.

“Everyone’s working hard to try and get back on board as soon as we can and to deliver the best outcome we can.

“But it’s clearly very fraught and uncertain.”

Hudgell added that he shares supporters’ eagerness for the format for a return to be clarified, including a decision on promotion and relegation.

“It’s a difficult sport to be involved with and there are too many clubs that are reliant on owner contributions.

“Those owners themselves are potentially compromising the businesses they run and I’m no different to anyone else.

“I’m not prepared to be put in months of hard toil to see the club to the end of the season if we’re relegated as a result of a compromise competition that doesn’t have integrity underpinning it.”

Listen to the full interview with Hudgell on the Rugby League Show on talkSPORT2 today at 5.00pm.

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