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Scotland Rugby League Chairman, Keith Hogg, has confirmed that the sport faces some very big challenges following the RFL's decision to withdraw all funding. This has led to Scotland's two permanent staff, Mark Senter and Susan Senter, being made redundant and they have now left the organisation.
Hogg said, "On behalf of everyone associated with rugby league in Scotland, I would like to thank Mark and Susan Senter for all the hard work that they put in on behalf of the sport in recent years. They have made a special contribution."
Hogg added, "The Board of Scotland Rugby League have been as surprised by these developments as anyone. We all understand that the RFL has had a significant funding cut and, having the best interests of the sport at heart, we want to help. However, the RFL has acted on it's own, failed to consult us, failed to communicate, failed to properly think through the consequences of their actions and taken a decision which is not in the best interests of the sport in Scotland and the sport in general."
Scotland Rugby League will now work with all our clubs, volunteers and partners including SportScotland to build on the momentum of the recent RLWC 2013 success and to keep growing the game in Scotland . This will be a very challenging task but everyone involved is determined to keep the sport moving forward despite the actions of the RFL.
"Perhaps those in charge at the RFL should remind themselves that they are the Governing body of Rugby League in the UK, not just England," says Hogg. "I hope that we can come to a sensible agreement for the future, that the RFL will find some funds to support Scotland, and that we will continue to work together to develop the sport."