Sheffield Eagles have been forced to cancel a pre-season trip to France because of an air traffic controllers’ strike on the Continent.
The Eagles playing squad of 25 plus coaches and officials were due to fly out tomorrow morning.
After a two-day training camp Eagles were to play French Elite League leaders Limoux on Saturday afternoon.
The action by air traffic controllers started in Italy and spread to France, forcing BA, Ryanair and Easyjet to cancel services.
Club chairman Ian Swire said: “This is a real blow for the club and it’s supporters. We can only apologise to those supporters who had planned to go and support the team but have had their trip ruined by the industrial action.
“Last year the team made a trip to Limoux, and although the game couldn’t be played because of the weather, the training camp set the squad up for a successful season that saw us retain the Championship title.”
Eagles will now play only one pre-season game – a testimonial for Andrew Henderson at York a week on Sunday.The new season kicks off at Owlerton Stadium against Rochdale on Sunday, February 16.