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England training camp cancelled

Press Association logoPress Association 22/12/2016 By Ian Laybourn

The Rugby Football League has pulled the plug on its planned England warm-weather training camp following widespread opposition.

England head coach Wayne Bennett was set to take 17 leading Super League players for a fortnight-long training camp in Dubai in early January.

However, former England boss Tony Smith was among a host of Super League club coaches to criticise the move, claiming it would disrupt their preparations for the start of the 2017 Super League season for little reward, and the RFL appears to have backed down.

A spokesman said: "Following further discussions with Super League clubs, the England coaching staff and RFL have reflected on all views and concluded that the plans that are now in place would not deliver what was initially expected."

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