Sam Walker (Photo: QRL Media)

The 2021 under-15 and under-18 Australian Secondary Schools National Championships scheduled for later this year have been cancelled.

The tournaments, which were also cancelled in 2020, were to be held at Redcliffe’s Moreton Daily Stadium from July 1.

The NRL released the following press release on the cancellation:

On 9 March 2021, the Board for School Sport Australia met to review the 2021 national sporting championship program. The Board determined that due to the ongoing volatility of COVID-19 and the complexity that this may cause for teams travelling interstate, all planned 2021 national events are now cancelled.

As a result, the ASSRL Council with the support of the National Rugby League (NRL), has made the decision to cancel the 2021 joint National Championships for 15 and 18 Years Rugby League that were to be held at Redcliffe, Queensland from July 1 2021.

State School Rugby League organisations will continue with all planned district, regional and state competitions in 2021.

The ASSRL will endeavour to provide a representative pathway for the 18 Years age-group in 2021 through the selection of an Australian Schoolboys team from state championships in New South Wales, Queensland and in the Combined Affiliated States.

The ASSRL would like to acknowledge the support of Moreton Bay Regional Council, Redcliffe Dolphins Rugby League, Queensland School Sport Rugby League 13-18 Years, Redcliffe State High School and the NRL for their significant work towards hosting the championships.

We look forward to being able to bring the Championships back to Redcliffe in 2022.

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