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The first England-Australia rugby league series in 17 years has been canceled.

England’s Rugby Football League and the Australian Rugby League Commission made the joint announcement.

England was to play Australia at Bolton on Oct 31, at Leeds on Nov. 7, and for the first time at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Nov. 14.

The series was canceled because of the uncertainty over global travel, and the need to extend both countries’ domestic seasons, stalled by the pandemic.

Both governing bodies are committed to planning a series in 2022, after the Rugby League World Cup in England in 2021.