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Toronto Wolfpack’s decision to step down sparked a strong reaction from the Super League

Toronto Wolfpack has withdrawn from the remainder of the 2020 Super League season, citing the “overwhelming financial challenges” of the coronavirus crisis.

The club confirmed their withdrawal in a statement on Monday, in which they stated their intention to field a team in the 2021 season.

Toronto had lost its first six games of the campaign before being suspended and was due to resume against Hull KR on August 2.

The club statement said: “Toronto Wolfpack can confirm that the club has informed Super League Europe (SLE) and Rugby Football League (RFL) that the team will not restart the campaign as scheduled on August 2. ”

“The Wolfpack will not participate in the conclusion of the 2020 Betfred Super League season, nor the rest of the 2020 Coral Challenge Cup.

“This decision was not taken lightly, and given a series of factors specific to the club as the only transatlantic team in the league.

“The Covid pandemic presented unexpected and overwhelming financial challenges to the Wolfpack organization.

Toronto Wolfpack Announces Intent To Line Up Team For 2021 Season

Toronto Wolfpack Announces Intent To Line Up Team For 2021 Season

“The club fully intend to form a team during the 2021 season, and will work with SLE and RFL to understand the process for the next season. ”

The Super League quickly responded with a personal statement, lamenting how badly the decision had been made at the time of the restart.

“Betfred Super League and RFL are very disappointed to learn that Toronto Wolfpack will not be able to fulfill their obligations to Super League 2020,” the statement said.

“The European Super League and the RFL have had a regular dialogue with the Wolfpack over the past weeks and months regarding the club’s ability to compete and firm assurances have been received as recently as last Thursday, July 16th .

Toronto lost six Super League games despite signing by New Zealand star Sonny Bill Williams

Toronto had lost all six of its Super League games despite signing New Zealand star Sonny Bill Williams

“The club’s decision is particularly disappointing given the impending restart of the season.

“A discussion of the longer term consequences and the future of the Wolfpack in the Super League will begin shortly. ”

Despite the much-publicized signing of Sonny Bill Williams, Toronto had lost its first six games of its first top-flight season and faced the looming prospect of relegation to the championship.

The Canadian team was created in 2017, starting at the third tier of the English rugby league, before winning two promotions in three years.

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