League execs tipped to back
Tri-Nations future

The future of the Tri Nations tournament should be clearer later tonight (AEDT time) after the Rugby League Federation executive meets in Leeds.

The Federation, which will discuss a raft of issues, may not be able to make a firm announcement on the 2006 Tri Nations, but it is expected to allay fears it will not go ahead in Australia and New Zealand next year. With hosts Great Britain missing out on next week's Elland Road final ? which will be played between defending champion Australia and New Zealand - there are financial concerns about the viability of staging the tournament.

Television and match venues for games are yet to be determined but the Federation, headed up by Australian Rugby League chairman Colin Love, is tipped to confirm it's commitment to the event.