By STEVE MASCORD
MELBOURNE’s proposed clash with the United States on October 20 has been called off.
In a major blow to the international game, the Tomahawks failed to meet a deadline early Monday to make financial assurances to the NRL powerhouse and the pin was pulled on the entire trip. The teams were to have met at Philadelphia’s palatial PPL Stadium in a major boost to the game in the US.
“There were certain commercial guarantees the Storm wanted met,” said Tomahawks team manager Steve Johnson, “and unfortunately with our AMNRL grand final happening over the weekend there just wasn’t time to do that.
“It’s very disappointing. We were both committed to playing the game but we just couldn’t sort things out in time for the Storm’s deadline, which they set – quite reasonably – so they could concentrate on the finals.”
Johnson said the October 27 game between the Tomahawks and the Queensland Indigenous side in Honolulu would still go ahead. Melbourne stars had expressed excitement about the US game, with the date even shifted so those involved in the trans-Tasman Test on October 13 could be involved.
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