Sheffield Eagles withdraw from Problem Cup over participant welfare issues

Final Up to date: 27/07/20 11:52pm

Sheffield Eagles have introduced their withdrawal from this season’s Coral Problem Cup.

Sheffield, shock winners of the match in 1998, had been on account of host Tremendous League facet Hull FC within the final 16 of the competitors.

The RFL confirmed earlier this month that the 2020 Championship and League One seasons won’t resume after they had been suspended in March as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

And with a scarcity of preparation for the conflict towards their top-flight opponents, the Championship membership have determined to drag out from the match.

“Participant welfare was the overriding consider exiting this competitors,” a membership assertion learn.

“Tremendous League sides may have performed three rounds earlier than the following stage of the cup was on account of happen in comparison with over 5 months since our final aggressive fixture.

“It was felt it wasn’t secure to compete, and to take action would threat severe damage to our gamers.”

The RFL invited Championship and League One golf equipment to play in an Autumn match to assist rejoice the game’s 125th anniversary.

However the Eagles have claimed it isn’t financially viable for them to participate and have been pressured to drag out “to assist safeguard our long-term future”.

A membership assertion mentioned: “Sheffield Eagles can verify that the membership won’t be taking part within the Autumn competitors for Betfred Championship and League One groups proposed by the Rugby Soccer League (RFL).

“The membership shares the bitter disappointment that may little doubt be felt by our supporters, companions, and sponsors in that we’ll not see the Eagles in motion once more in 2020.

“These steps have been taken to assist safeguard our long-term future.”