SUPER League's 2020 resumption plans have been handed a hefty blow with Toronto Wolfpack dropping out of the competition.

A statement from the competition organisers reads: "Betfred Super League and the RFL are very disappointed to learn that Toronto Wolfpack will not be able to fulfil their obligations to Super League 2020.

"Super League Europe and The RFL have been in regular dialogue with the Wolfpack over the past weeks and months regarding the club’s ability to take part in the competition and firm assurances had been received as recently as last Thursday, 16 July.

"The club’s decision is especially disappointing given the imminent restart of the season. Our immediate focus is on getting the season back underway on August 2 and meeting the needs of our host broadcaster, Sky Sports.

"A discussion around the longer term consequences and the future of the Wolfpack in Super League will commence shortly."

The fallout is going to be huge, after all the work which has gone into bringing Super League back from its Covid-19 hibernation.

The Canadian side, in their first season in Super League following promotion, should have been returning to action against Hull KR on August 2 - the sport's first match on the resumption from almost five months suspended through the lockdown forced by the coronavirus pandemic.

Toronto should have been joining their rivals in playing triple header fixtures at one venue for rounds throughout August - with all games being live on Sky Sports.

Opponents have now been left without a fixture for those occasions, and Sky Sports without a game to broadcast.

Wolfpack should also have been facing Newcastle Thunder in the sixth round of the Challenge Cup on the weekend of August 22-23.

Some teams still had two fixtures to come against Toronto, having not faced them before the lockdown.

It seems likely any matches involving Toronto Wolfpack before the lockdown will have to be scrubbed from the records.

They should have been playing in Super League against Leeds on August 8, Hull KR on August 16, Castleford on August 29, Catalans on September 3/4, Salford on September 10/11, St Helens on September 24/25, Wakefield on September 30, Hull on October 8/9, Wigan on October 14, Warrington on October 22/23, Huddersfield on October 25/26, Catalans on October 29/30, Hull on November 5/6, Wakefield on November 8/9 and Leeds on November 12/13.

Toronto Wolfpack have also issued a statement.

It reads: "Toronto Wolfpack can confirm that the club has informed both Super League Europe (SLE) and the Rugby Football League (RFL) that the team will not be restarting the campaign as scheduled on August 2nd. The Wolfpack will not participate in the conclusion of the 2020 Betfred Super League season, or in the remainder of the 2020 Coral Challenge Cup. This decision has not been taken lightly, and in consideration of a range of factors specific to the club as the only transatlantic team in the league.

"The COVID pandemic has presented unexpected and overwhelming financial challenges to the Wolfpack organization. Greatly reduced ticket, sponsorship, merchandise and game day revenue streams have resulted from the loss of all 11 of the team’s home Super League games in Toronto. The Wolfpack would be left covering significant additional costs simply to complete a season of games in the UK including COVID testing, stadium rentals, medical costs and player pay increases to align with the rest of the league.

"Player and staff payroll, an issue of recent media attention, has been guaranteed by Wolfpack majority owner David Argyle and is secured by a personal guarantee to the RFL. Refunds for all 2020 single game tickets, as well as season membership refunds that have been requested by individual fans, will be returned by the club to Ticketmaster in the near future in order for the refund process to be fulfilled.

"The Wolfpack would like to thank both the SLE and the RFL for their support in addressing a number of the club’s issues in recent weeks including immigration, scheduling, promotion / relegation and consideration for financial support.

"The club fully intend to field a team in the 2021 season, and will be working with SLE and the RFL to understand this process moving into the next season.

"The Wolfpack would also like to thank our loyal fans for their ongoing support during a hugely challenging time."