Crusaders set to fulfil fixtures
Troubled club Crusaders RL have named their 19-man squad for Sunday's Engage Super League trip to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats as usual.
There have been fears the game may not go ahead following the Welsh club's decision to pull out of the competition from next season for financial reasons.
It has emerged that a number of players are owed money through a pension scheme while veteran Gareth Thomas voiced fears earlier this week over whether regular wages might be paid.
It is now understood that players have received their latest pay and there are no suggestions that Crusaders' remaining five fixtures this season cannot be fulfilled.
While playing contracts for 2012 and beyond have automatically been terminated following the Super League withdrawal, the club's owners are now considering whether dropping into the Co-operative Championship is viable.
The Rugby Football League are also working with the club to try to ensure they have a future in Wrexham and they remain committed to supporting the game in Wales.
Chairman Richard Lewis said: "Rugby League in Wales has made massive strides in recent years and I am confident we can build on that burgeoning popularity, both in north Wales and south Wales.
“For all the well-documented problems the Crusaders have experienced, the sport has gone from strength to strength at community level and the health of those grass roots bodes well for the future.
“Our commitment to the sport in Wales has not diminished and I am sure the people of Wales will continue to respond in massive numbers to the opportunities they have to play and watch rugby league.”
The RFL had been proud of their progress in Wales in recent years.
Figures suggest the sport had around 2,000 active participants in the country in 2009 but that has now increased to more than 7,000.
There are now 53 junior teams in Wales - 41 more than three years ago.
The number of Welsh schools in the Carnegie Champions Schools tournament has also risen from 60 to 158 during the same period.