The RFL Board have awarded Toulouse Olympique a 24-0 win for their home fixture against London Broncos after the Broncos said they would not be prepared to travel to France for the fixture as scheduled on April 17.
The Broncos will also be referred to the RFL Compliance Department for off-field misconduct – failure to fulfil a fixture.
The RFL’s Covid Regulatory Framework allows for matches to be postponed if a club has seven or more players unavailable as a result of positive Covid-19 tests or Test and Trace close contact analysis.
This means that Toulouse are now deemed to have played two matches in the 2021 Betfred Championship season, and London Broncos one. Clubs are required to have played in 70% of their scheduled fixtures to be eligible for the top six Play-Offs.
Toulouse Chairman Bernard Sarrazain said: “It’s been over a year since we played at home, we were looking forward to this meeting, everything was in place, too we are very disappointed with this decision and its timing, just 10
days of the match, which we do not understand.
“Indeed, we have done everything to ensure that London is in the best possible conditions, both in terms of sport and health, by financing ourselves a plane chartered especially for them with a round trip during the day. It is a considerable investment of our go. We were even going to pay for the mandatory PCR tests to get into France!
“We travel around fifteen times a season in England, without complain, and there is no good reason why London cannot not come once in Toulouse.”
London chairman David Hughes added: “The RFL made the decision that our club should travel to France on the basis of being full-time and that our competitors who are playing for the same prize of promotion to Super League for the 2022 season do not have to travel due to being part-time.
“We feel this doesn’t create a level playing field within our competition and brings into question of the integrity of the competition if we are having to adhere to different criteria.
“At a meeting held In early March we made our feelings known about what was being asked of us which was supported by other clubs in the competition yet the RFL still insisted on us travelling.
“We fully appreciate that the quarantine rules the Government have set out will impact part-time players on return as they have employment outside of Rugby League but feel that shouldn’t be a barrier to them travelling to France if this is planned with their employers an advance of the game. “