Sky Bet Rugby League Odds: England World Cup Chances Hurt After Zak Hardaker Served Drugs Ban

Sky Bet Rugby League Odds: England World Cup Chances Hurt After Zak Hardaker Served Drugs Ban

England have suffered  setback in their preparations for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup after it was confirmed Castleford Tigers full-back Zak Hardaker will play no part in the squad following a positive drugs test for cocaine.

The Tigers released a public statement via their official website explaining Hardaker tested positive for cocaine after the September 8th fixture against Leeds Rhino, and the player said:

“I would like to apologise to my Castleford Tigers teammates, the staff and all fans for my enormous error of judgment. I was given an opportunity by this great club and in what has been one of the most important weeks in its history, I have let everyone at the club down. For that, I truly apologise.

“Finally, I would like to make it clear that in no way did I, nor would I, ever take a substance with the intention of enhancing my performance.”

England were already second-favourites to win the Rugby League World Cup but have now fallen to odds of 15/2 (8.50) with Sky Bet, although they were at almost half that price less than one week ago.

Australia, meanwhile, remain the overriding frontrunners for the top prize and are almost shoo-ins for the victory at 1/5 (1.20).

Image courtesy of Sky Sports.

2017 Rugby League World Cup Odds

Australia: 1/5 (1.20)

England: 15/2 (8.50)

New Zealand: 15/2 (8.50)

Tonga: 20/1 (21.00)

Samoa: 66/1 (67.00)

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