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World Cup

World Cup legacy to benefit whole sport – Wood

RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood is predicting that Rugby League World Cup 2013 will make a positive impact on the whole sport and leave a lasting for every Rugby League club and player in the UK. The 14-nation tournament, formally launched at Old Trafford today, opens on Saturday with a spectacular opening ceremony beneath the closed roof of Cardiff’s Millennium ... Read More »

RLIF announces Rugby League World Cup 2017 bid timetable

The Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) have announced details of the next stage of the bidding process for Rugby League World Cup 2017. Following a request for expressions of interest in hosting the 2017 tournament, these were received from South Africa along with a joint approach from Australia and New Zealand. Both were approved and formal bids are now expected ... Read More »

Battling Bravehearts beaten by plucky Papuans

SCOTLAND 20 PAPUA NEW GUINEA 38 Gavin Willacy at Big Fellas Stadium, Featherstone Scotland got everything they wanted from their only pre-World Cup warm-up – apart from a win. Papua New Guinea took advantage of the many changes Scotland made throughout the game and scored two late tries to turn an entertaining and close encounter into an apparently comfortable victory. ... Read More »

Wigan star appointed Samoa captain

Rugby League Samoa have announced the appointment of Harrison Hansen as Toa Samoa Captain. Hansen is the longest serving member in the team since 2007 and currently plays for Wigan Warriors. Samoa Coach Matt Parish noted Hansen’s outstanding character both on and off the field when he appointed the captain. “Harrison has been outstanding since day one with his attitude ... Read More »

Huddersfield sell-out leads the way as World Cup fever grows

Rugby League World Cup 2013 announced today that the England v Ireland game at Huddersfield is the first game to sell out. Organisers are confident that the tournament will be the best attended Rugby League World Cup ever. Since the Super League and NRL Grand Finals, interest in RLWC2013 has grown massively with ticket sales rising day by day as ... Read More »

PM’s good luck wish for World Cup

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has sent a good luck message to Rugby League World Cup 2013 teams, fans and Team 13 Volunteers. “After years of planning and months of build-up, Rugby League World Cup 2013 is about to get underway and, after over a daecade away, it’s great to see it back in Britain once again,” said Cameron. “Now ... Read More »

Russell puts himself in the show

A year ago Matt Russell was hot property: so much so he swapped a future as Sam Tomkins’ back-up at Wigan Warriors for a season in the sun at Gold Coast in Australia. He spent the year in Queensland, playing Under-20 Rugby League, unable to break into the Titans’ NRL team. Meanwhile back in Britain, Tomkins was frequently absent from ... Read More »

Harris happy with shape of his Wales squad

Wales coach Iestyn Harris says that he is happy with the shape of his squad as they prepare to begin their Rugby League World Cup 2013 campaign. Wales warmed up for the tournament with a comfortable 62-12 victory over a Welsh Select XIII at Colwyn Bay’s Eirias Park on Tuesday evening. The game was the squad’s final hit out ahead ... Read More »

Strictly dazzling opening for World Cup

Rugby League World Cup 2013 organisers have confirmed details of the hotly-anticipated Opening Ceremony at the Millennium Stadium on October 26. Involving specially-designed lighting, original music, and a dance extravaganza created by some of the UK’s leading choreographers, the spectacular opening to RLWC2013 will involve more than 1,500 performers. Noted classical singer Camilla Kerslake will sing ‘God Save The Queen’ ... Read More »

Scotland coach prepares winning mix

Scotland coach Steve McCormack is preparing for the arrival of his NRL stars on Thursday to add the final ingredients to what he hopes is a winning mix at RLWC2013. The ten-year veteran coach oversaw his first training session of the campaign on Sunday and enjoyed the combination of new talent and experienced stars at his disposal. “It’s a pleasure ... Read More »