Netherlands bid to host Wolfpack match

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The Netherlands Rugby League bond have submitted a bid to host a Toronto Wolfpack match this season.

The Wolfpack are taking games away from the Lamport Stadium, due to the climate in Toronto for the early part of the season and have previously expressed interest in hosting matches in Europe.

Now, the Netherlands have put forward a bid which will be considered.

The match will be held at either the Sparta Stadion Het Kasteel in Rotterdam, which holds 11,000 or the NCRA Stadium in Amsterdam, which holds 6,000.

Newly-appointed NRLB competitions manager, Matt Rigby commented: “I am really excited that we have the foundations to table an exciting bid to bring the Toronto Wolfpack to either of two of Europe’s biggest and best cities. We believe hosting a professional rugby league event in the Netherlands would be a huge lift in our development and are hopeful of receiving their approval.”

The bid has been supported by Netherlands head coach, Kane Krlic: “Over the past five years the NRLB has grown at a rapid rate,” he said.

“The player pool, amount of clubs and skill levels have all increased during the period and that has led to a greater appreciation for rugby league in the Netherlands. If we could bring a professional match here, I firmly believe that it would not only accelerate our development but also be a major event for the enthusiastic Dutch sporting public, as well as travelling fans from the UK.”

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