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Festival of World Cups launched in Leeds

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The RFL are hosting the Festival of World Cups this Summer featuring separate competitions for Women, Wheelchair, Police, Student and Armed Forces.

28 teams have already agreed to travel to England to be part of the Festivals which is the first time that all the World Cups will be played in the same time of year.

The Festival of the World Cups is part of what will be a momentous year for Rugby League, with Rugby League World Cup 2013 being staged in England and Wales this autumn.

RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood said: “The Festival of World Cups will be a wonderful international celebration of Rugby League this summer.

“The different tournaments that make up the Festival of World Cups will showcase the diversity in the sport and the wide range of opportunities available to participate at different levels.

“This is the first time all the competitions have been staged together in this way and I am sure that both the athletes and volunteers involved will inspire more people to see new opportunities to be involved in sport and Rugby League in particular.”

Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council’s executive member for Rugby League World Cup 2013 in Leeds commented: “We are delighted to be hosting another international sporting event, and together with being a host city for Rugby League World Cup 2013, the Festival of World Cups really cements Leeds' place as a capital for Community Rugby League.

“We're looking forward to welcoming the teams and their supporters this summer, and with all the teams for the women’s, police and students tournaments being based in Leeds throughout, tourism and local businesses around the city will also benefit.

“The Festival of Rugby League World Cups is a real celebration of grass roots rugby league, and the culmination of the tournaments in a finals day at Headingley Carnegie Stadium in July will be a wonderful family sporting occasion.”

The Festival of the World Cups will take place between July 3 and 15 in a range of venues.

The Women’s, Police, and Student tournaments festivals will take place at a number of venues around West Yorkshire, including the South Leeds Stadium, The Big Fellas Stadium in Featherstone, The LoveRugbyLeague.Com Stadium in Batley and The Tetley’s Stadium in Dewsbury.

The Armed Forces festival will be staged at Colchester Garrison, and the Finals of the Women’s, Police and Student festivals will be at Headingley Carnegie Stadium July 14.

The Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup Festival will be staged at Medway Park in Gillingham, Kent.


Gillingham's £11m sports complex Medway Park will hold the international tournament from July 2 - July 13. Six teams will compete for the title, including reigning champions England, who won the sport's first World Cup in Australia in 2008.


Tom Coates

Communications Executive RLWC2013

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Shame the finals for the Armed Forces and the Wheelchair are on the same day, would have liked to go to both!

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At the risk of being burned at the stake on here, why not take a leaf out of Cricket and Rugby Unjon and put the Womens / Armed forces on as a pre-match curtain raiser before some of the group matches.

Because they are taking place in July and the men's event is in October and November!

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Because they are taking place in July and the men's event is in October and November!

Why can't the women's World Cup take place in October?

Why don't SL teams run women's sides either?

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The best twelve Wheelchair Rugby League athletes selected to represent Australia at this year's Festival of Rugby League World Cups in the UK, have been announced in a special presentation by Holden Kangaroos Coach Tim Sheens, NSW Blues Coach, Laurie Daley and Australian Wheelchair Rugby League coach Steve Hewson in Sydney this evening.

The announcement was made at the Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre at Narrabeen, coinciding with the last round of the NSW Wheelchair Rugby League season, which saw the St George Dragons take home the 2012/2013 Minor Premiership.

“I congratulate every single athlete who has made this team tonight,” Holden Kangaroos Coach Tim Sheens said.

“A place on the World Cup team means that you are at the top of your game and you should be incredibly proud of yourselves.

“It has been a terrific season to this point and I would like to thank every athlete who has competed. I look forward to the finals for the season and seeing this World Cup squad on the International stage in July.”

The World Cup will be hosted by the UK in July, bringing together the best Wheelchair Rugby League athletes from England, France, Wales, Scotland, Malta and Australia.

Chairman of Wheelchair Rugby League Australia Joe Chidiac said, "We have a lot of talented athletes that could have made this side.”

“Our team will not only do themselves and this country proud but we fully intend to be noticed by every other country and give this tournament a real shake up".

Name Club Suburb

Tano Bagnato Canberra Raiders Concord West

Rhys Baxter Sydney Roosters Five Dock

CJ Grogan Sydney Roosters Greenwich

Keegan Oh-Chee Sydney Roosters Eastwood

Jason Voncina Penrith Panthers Lurnea

Ric Engles Penrith Panthers Kogarah

Daniel Begman South Sydney Rabbitohs Elderslie

Colin Smith South Sydney Rabbitohs Appin

Brad Grove Newcastle Knights Currens Hill

Fabian Castillo Newcastle Knights Prestons

Craig Cannane St George-Illawarra Dragons Chipping Norton

Yara Ryan St George-Illawarra Dragons Five Dock

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How is it RL can afford a festival of world cup but not an emerging nations wc?

An emerging nations world cup would be a huge expense. It has advantages though, particularly when nations otherwise lack the chance to play international matches.

Fortunately, things have developed over the last thirteen years or so. There are regional competitions, such as the Nordic Cup between Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Flying these teams to wherever the world cup venue is would be a very expensive alternative.

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