RFL warns MPs over cuts fears

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The chairman of the Rugby League fears that the game could face a funding shortfall for the 2013 World Cup because of the abolition of regional agencies under the Government's cuts.

Richard Lewis told the All Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group yesterday that the RFL needed assurances that promises of support will be met.

"Everything is set fair for a very successful tournament, so it is all the more disappointing that this Government has not stated unequivocally that it will honour contracts and commitments already in place through regional agencies," Lewis said. "It is a matter of urgency that this Government removes any remaining uncertainty."

A spokesman for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport said: "We have offered the Rugby League a comprehensive package of support. All the regional development agencies are reviewing their financial commitments."