Club Statement – Darcy Lussick
Toronto Wolfpack can confirm that the UK Border Agency refused entry into the UK yesterday to the Wolfpack’s Australian prop forward Darcy Lussick. Lussick had returned to the UK from a European City break during time off between the Wolfpack’s Betfred Championship games.
Toronto Wolfpack Majority Owner David Argyle commented:
“Managing immigration and work permits are just part of our journey as the world’s first transatlantic professional sports team. We are committed to bringing top players from all corners of the globe to Toronto to achieve our goal of growing the game of rugby in North America, and establishing Toronto as a global centre for Rugby excellence. The welfare of our players and coaches is always our top priority and we are going to continue working to make sure that the immigration process becomes easier moving forwards.”
“We are obviously frustrated by the decision to deny UK entry to Darcy, having followed protocol which have been in place between our governing body (RFL) and the Home Office. All protocols will be thoroughly reviewed, and we will ensure that the UK Border Control remain informed of any changes.”
The club expects Lussick to return to the UK promptly once these matters have been clarified, as well as taking part in the team’s next trip to Toronto to face Dewsbury Rams (Saturday June 15th) and Toulouse Olympique (Saturday June 22nd).