Toronto visa issues hamper Rams

Dewsbury Rams coach Neil Kelly has warned clubs travelling to play Toronto after two players were prevented from travelling to the game due to visa issues.
Dewsbury Rams coach Neil Kelly has warned clubs travelling to play Toronto after two players were prevented from travelling to the game due to visa issues.

Dewsbury coach Neil Kelly has issued a warning to clubs travelling to play Toronto in Canada after the Rams were severly hampered by visa issues.

Two players were prevented from boarding the plane to Canada for last week’s historic trip to play Championship leaders Toronto Wolfpack and the Rams could field just three substitutes.

Dewsbury slipped to a 64-12 defeat and Kelly said: “The experience was okay overall, we were well looked after, but one or two things could be better.

“We are not competing for (a place in) the Super-8s, but there are things Super League clubs need to be made aware of, not least the prospect of not having players allowed into the country. If you are going to be competing against Toronto you need to be at full-strength.

“Rugby league is a game played by normal people and if you have any group of 30 people, some of them might have been in trouble with the police in the past. I’m not saying they are in trouble now, but people do silly things as kids.

“You have to make sure you get these things sorted out well in advance. We started planning in April and still had two players turned away at Manchester Airport.”

The Rams are back in action on Sunday when they entertain in-form Leigh Centurions (kick off 4pm).