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One North Wakes Crusaders fan has the opportunity to hold our club flag at the Tetley’s Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on August 24. The lucky fan will be flying the flag for the club as part of the RFL’s celebration of the Challenge Cup, which will see all 95 clubs that competed in this year’s competition taking part. Anybody wishing to be our representative will need to be at Wembley Stadium at 10am and must be at least 14 years old. As a thank you each person taking part will receive two £51 tickets for themselves and a guest, but please be aware that no accomodation or travel expenses will be paid by the RFL. To be in with a chance of holding the flag email info@crusadersrfl.com with your name and contact details by 5pm on Friday August 2, clearly stating ‘Wembley Representative’ as the subject of the email.

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ANDY POWELL

 

The Gnoll hosts Wales' clash with Cook Islands on November 10, and Powell hasn’t ruled out an appearance at that game, although he admits that there’s a way to go before he can think about becoming a dual-code international.

"Iestyn Harris and I have talked about the Wales side for RLWC2013 but that’s a few months away yet," Powell told

"For me it’s about keeping playing and remaining injury free and then I can be asking the question at the end of the season whether I’m good enough.

"I’m not playing for Wigan at the moment so it’s vital that I come down to play for the Scorpions.

"Rugby League is tough. It’s a totally different game and it’s been challenging. I’m really enjoying it.

"In union you can hide away and go on the wing for five minutes, but you can’t do that in League. The fitness levels are also totally different to what I was used to in rugby union and I considered myself a fit player in that sport.”

Scorpions coach Dave Clark believes that Powell could be a contender for RLWC2013 if he continues to improve.

"He’s going in the right direction with his knowledge of the game and how he’s improving each week,” said Clark.

"As a middle unit player he’s got that mentality of catch the ball and run hard. Whatever comes in front of him defensively he wants to smash and he already has that mentality.

"I’m sure Iestyn’s quite keen for him to be in the squad and we’ll see what happens from there. He’s getting the advice and help from the best side in the country so he’s got all the resources to improve each week and get ready for Rugby League World Cup 2013."

 

Wales face Italy at the Millennium Stadium on October 26, USA at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham on November 3 and Cook Islands at The Gnoll, Neath, on November 10.

Tickets are now on sale for RLWC2013, with 55% of tickets priced £20 or less. To make sure you will BE THERE buy now at www.rlwc2013.com or call our 24 Hour Ticket Hotline on 0844 847 2013.

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Any news yet of pre-RLWC2013 warm up fixtures for Wales RL?

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Any news yet of pre-RLWC2013 warm up fixtures for Wales RL?

Dan Fleming was interviewed by a Yorkshire paper a few weeks back and he mentioned trying t get picked for a game against New Zealand.

A bit suprising however, as they've already lined up the Cook Islands @ Doncaster.

We definitely need a game however.

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http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/castleford-tigers/castleford-tigers-fleming-is-fired-up-for-a-final-flourish-1-5880862

“The more Super League I can play the better and hopefully I can get selected for the (Wales’) friendly against New Zealand."

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WRL at The Royal Welsh Show

 

Wales Rugby League and the Rugby League World Cup recently spent 4 days at The Royal Welsh Show.

 

The show near Builth Wells, Powys, attracted 241,781 visitors, 682 more than last year's total.

 

The visit of Prince Charles on Wednesday broke the single day record.More than 51,000 basked in the sunshine at Llanelwedd as the show closed on Thursday with temperatures topping 22C(72F). Officials said 960 overseas visitors from 40 countries had visited the show this week from as far afield as Australia and New Zealand.

 

Mark Jones WRL Development Manager said: "It was great to be apart of this massive event and having the World Cup Trophy present added to our stands attraction, it was an excellent advert for the game in Wales with thousands of people interested in our development and plans for the future."

 

This year was a great success but Wales Rugby League have plans to make our presence bigger and better next year.

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Wales announce youth squad for England

 

Wales under 16 coach Dave Clark has announced his squad to face England on Friday 30th August at Taff's Well RFC (kick-off 6.30pm) in the second of their two tests this year.

 

The majority of the squad are selected from the South Wales Academy that has done so well this season taking the Super League scalps of Widnes Vikings, Salford City Reds and London Broncos and drawing at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

 

England beat Wales in Neath in April just on conversions so the second test will be one to savour.

 

SQUAD (South Wales Scorpions unless stated):

Alex King

Ben Jones

Connor Davies

Curtis Davies

Daniel Maiden

Jake Carroll

Jordon Liney

Josh Rodgers (unattached)

Keiran Hughes

Lewis Alexander

Lewis Williams

Liam Maule

Lloyd Bodman

Luke Williams

Matthew Owen (London Broncos)

Morgan Jeffries

Morgan Knowles (St Helens)

Morgan Nicholas (Warrington Wolves)

Regan Grace

Rhys Brownsell

Rhys Lewis (unattached)

Shane Lee

Sion Jones

Tom Haddley (Salford City Reds)

Zak Williams

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North Wales Crusaders head coach Clive Griffiths was left delighted as his side returned to form with a 44-12 victory over Hemel Stags.

The Wrexham-based side have experienced highs and lows since their last outing at home, a 48-0 hammering of Rochdale Hornets, which includes their first piece of silverware, a defeat to their promotion rivals and a narrow, nail-biting win over Gateshead.

“I’m happy with how it panned out in the end”, Griffiths said. “We looked back to ourselves today, but the whole place [being at home] renders itself to that.

“We’ve been on the slopes at Oldham, we’ve been up to Gateshead on a football pitch – a narrow one – and we’ve gradually got ourselves back on track now.

“It’s great to be back home and, again, we had amazing support with over 800 at the game. We gave them something to shout about today and scored some beautiful tries.

“God knows how many we bombed today, but we’re creating and as long as you’re doing that then, eventually, the tries are going to come.”

For Griffiths, the fact that his side haven’t played at home for six weeks, and also went through a three-week stage in July without a fixture, is something that needs to be looked at.

“You could say that there was a slight hangover after the final, but I’ll go back to before that”, Griffiths explained.

“We had no game for three weeks – and if we wouldn’t have had the final then it would have been four weeks. Only the RFL’s fixture format can tell us why we didn’t have a game for that period of time.

“We’ve got back on track, though, and today we were back on form. If we would have taken some of our chances then we would have had a bigger score.

“I’m delighted and it sets it up nicely for Oxford next week. It’s in our hands, but we can’t go jumping up and down [after Oldham's draw] as we’ve got to win our next three gams. We’ve just got to go out and do it.”

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WRL at The Royal Welsh Show

 

Wales Rugby League and the Rugby League World Cup recently spent 4 days at The Royal Welsh Show.

 

The show near Builth Wells, Powys, attracted 241,781 visitors, 682 more than last year's total.

 

The visit of Prince Charles on Wednesday broke the single day record.More than 51,000 basked in the sunshine at Llanelwedd as the show closed on Thursday with temperatures topping 22C(72F). Officials said 960 overseas visitors from 40 countries had visited the show this week from as far afield as Australia and New Zealand.

 

Mark Jones WRL Development Manager said: "It was great to be apart of this massive event and having the World Cup Trophy present added to our stands attraction, it was an excellent advert for the game in Wales with thousands of people interested in our development and plans for the future."

 

This year was a great success but Wales Rugby League have plans to make our presence bigger and better next year.

Where were you? Had a look round the Sports Village where you were last year, couldn't find you.

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Where were you? Had a look round the Sports Village where you were last year, couldn't find you.

 The WRL stall was at the end by the gundogs and shooting area. It was about 50 yards from the RLWC stall. When I was there on the Thursday the RLWC stall was trouncing all the other sports stalls including the Scarlets and WRU stands for kids getting involved. ;)

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The WRL stall was at the end by the gundogs and shooting area. It was about 50 yards from the RLWC stall. When I was there on the Thursday the RLWC stall was trouncing all the other sports stalls including the Scarlets and WRU stands for kids getting involved. ;)

Good stuff. Couldn't have been looking hard enough.

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When I was there on the Thursday the RLWC stall was trouncing all the other sports stalls including the Scarlets and WRU stands for kids getting involved. ;)

 

That's a positive sign. Hope it attracts a fair few to buy tickets for the games in Wales.

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South Wales Grand Finals Day this Sunday

 

Wales Rugby League hold their South Wales’ Grand Finals day this Sunday at Taff’s Well RFC.

 

It’s the longest club finals day they’ve ever held, with five matches culminating in the senior final between Valley Cougars of Nelson and Torfaen Tigers (kick-off 5pm).

 

The Cougars, who finished top of the table in the regular season, are looking to take their third title, having last won the crown in 2010, while the Tigers, appearing in the first Final in eight years, are aiming to lift the trophy for the first time.

 

The day starts at 11.20am with a presentation by Cardiff Spartans who have been collecting rugby kit for the Sierra Leone Kit Fund. This is a follow up to an appeal made by Wales Rugby League’s Mark Jones back in April when he visited the West African country alongside the Rugby League European Federation to investigate opportunities to introduce Rugby League into their country.

 

The Spartans’ under 13s side then take on favourites Neath and District Scorpions in the first final of the day.

 

Senghenydd’s Aber Valley Wolves feature in both the under 14s and under 15s finals.

 

They look to go one better than last year when they take on Penallta Storm in the under 14s Final at 12.30pm and an hour later the older group take on Bridgend Blue Bulls.

 

And in the under 16s final at 2.45pm, last year’s under 15 champions Penallta Storm look to win another title as they face South Gower Rebels.

 

Admission for adults is £3 and children and concessions just £1. The WRL have asked that if anyone has any old playing kit or equipment for the Sierra Leone Fund then please bring it to Taff’s Well RFC on the day.

 

FULL SCHEDULE

10.30 – Gates Opening

11.20 – Sierra Leone Kit Fund – presentation from Cardiff Spartans

11.30 – U13’s Final – Cardiff Spartans v Neath and District Scorpions

12.30 – U14’s Final – Aber Valley Wolves v Penallta Storm

13.30 – U15’s Final – Aber Valley Wolves v Bridgend Blue Bulls

14.45 – U16’s Final – South Gower Rebels v Penallta Storm

17.00 – Conference Premier Final – Valley Cougars v Torfaen Tigers

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Friday Night Lights set to be another classic

 

There’s less than two weeks to go now before Crusaders take on London Skolars in another crucial Kingstone Press Championship 1 fixture on August 23. Both teams recently met in the final of the Northern Rail Bowl when Crusaders edged a thrilling encounter that was even for large parts of the game. Both teams are fighting hard to secure a place in the Championship for 2014.

Friday Night Lights is Skolars’ traditional eve of Challenge Cup Final event and this year the fixture is, once again, to be televised live on Premier Sports. Every year Friday Night Lights attracts Rugby League supporters from all over the UK who are in London for the Tetley’s Challenge Cup Final on Saturday, which this year will be contested by Wigan Warriors and Hull FC.

The kick-off is set for 6.30pm but you can get there early and either watch the thriving minis section in action as they host a minis festival or some Masters Rugby League as a London side take on The Political Animals in their annual meeting. This event kicks off at 4pm which is shortly followed by the opening of their annual Real Ale Festival, which is located in the Olympic Suite under the main stand at Skolars’ White Hart Lane ground.

This event always proves very popular and offers a good selection of Real Ales for you to try. To make the experience even better Skolars’ sponsors, Arriva buses, are kindly laying on FREE courtesy buses to and from Wood Green Underground station, both before and after the game! There will be Skolars representatives at the underground station to direct you to this service and help get to the ground in plenty of time for the main event. The bus service will operate from 4.30pm -6.45pm to get you to the ground and will operate between 8pm-9.30pm to return you to Wood Green station. Just look for the signs directing you to the bus stop or ask one of the Skolars representatives that will be on hand as you exit the underground station.

This event is sure to be the perfect way to start your Challenge Cup weekend and with the game being televised this year we are all set to create the atmosphere that this fixture deserves. So don’t miss out on what is building up to be an exciting and enthralling evening.

Tickets are available on the night priced at £12 for adults and £6 concessions or you can save money and time by purchasing your tickets in advance from Skolars online ticket office. To do this just click here for adult tickets or here for concession tickets.

Attached is a flyer for the Friday Night Lights fixture between London Skolars and North Wales Crusaders.

- See more at: http://www.mission2013.co.uk/friday-night-lights-set-to-be-another-classic/#sthash.hxcLpxdO.dpuf

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The popular Street Rugby has returned to Wrexham once again for 2013 with sessions running in Gwersyllt, Brynteg and Caia Parc once a week. Sponsored by Prysmian, the Street Rugby camps give youngsters the opportunity to get involved with rugby league on their doorstep throughout the summer. Sessions in Gwersyllt take place on Wednesday’s from 6pm to 7pm and sessions in Brynteg and Caia Parc take place on Thursday’s from 6pm to 7pm. And, along with Prysmian, North Wales Crusaders are offering free tickets to a home game for all that attend the camps. Simon Cooke, one of the coaches at the camps and Crusaders kitman, said: “It’s a great opportunity for those who are unable to fit into the structure of a club environment.“We’re taking the best parts of the game we love out to them. It’s fantastic to see Prysmian is supporting the event and giving us the chance to support more young people than before.”

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Sports Centre selling World Cup tickets and merchandise

 

We start our #worldcupwednesday feature, as we look ahead to the Rugby League World Cup, with Glyndwr University and its Sports Centre.

Wrexham’s Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium will play host to Wales v USA on November 3 and then a quarter-final which could, potentially, see Wales take on Australia or England.

The Sports Centre have been a partner with Crusaders since their formation in late 2011, selling tickets for home fixture as well as taking bookings for the Crusaders Supporters Club coaches.

And they are supporting the 2013 Rugby League World Cup by selling tickets and merchandise, such as t-shirts and hats, ahead of the prestigious tournament which gets underway in October.

Opening hours at the Sports Centre are 9am to 10pm Monday to Friday and then 9am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday. You can contact the staff there on 01978 293275 or sportsbookings@glyndwr.ac.uk.

- See more at: http://www.mission2013.co.uk/sports-centre-selling-world-cup-tickets-and-merchandise/#sthash.FA5dDJmM.dpuf

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Three potential stars of Rugby League World Cup 2013 were put through their paces by two big names from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) at Virgin Active in Salford Quays this week.

Scotland full-back Brett Carter, Wales forward Jordan James and Ireland forward Stuart Fielden joined UFC stars Ross Pearson and Mike Wilkinson for a joint training session, where the three international Rugby League stars completed an intense, five-minute UFC warm-up drill.

And Workington and Scotland star Carter admits he found the going tough.

“It was just a five-minute session, but it certainly felt longer than that,” he said.

“It’s intense, a very hard sport to be involved with and it definitely takes it out of you. I was still catching my breath for a while afterwards.

“I don’t think it’s for me, but a lot of the techniques are adaptable to Rugby League, and it’d certainly help you out if you were involved in it.

“The fighters dominate on the floor and get their head in tight, and I can relate to that as a Rugby League player.

“He showed me a few techniques about slowing your opponent down, and I think I might try a few of them out in future matches.”

Carter’s Welsh counterpart James was also left impressed by the levels of intensity demonstrated by UFC fighters Pearson and Wilkinson.

“You can see what these guys put themselves through and they are elite athletes just like us,” he said.

“We’d get sent off for striking but everybody knows there’s much more to UFC than that.

“They’re small guys but they know how to use their weight. They’re fast too and they’d probably run rings around me.

“UFC is also fought in weight categories so they have to be a certain weight to make the fights, whereas in Rugby League you want to be as big, strong and fast as you can be.

“But I definitely think the two sports can learn a lot from each other.”

James, Carter and Fielden then hosted a short Rugby League skills session, and demonstrated the techniques used to effect a tackle in a match situation.

“Before the session, I knew that some Rugby League clubs used MMA into their team training, but it was interesting to hear how much wrestling and conditioning is involved,” said Pearson, who says he will be backing England at Rugby League World Cup 2013.

“Brett, Jordan and Stuart were all pretty impressive, they picked up what we were showing them quickly, and it was good to show them just how tiring a five-minute round can be in UFC.

“Mike and I really enjoyed today’s session and it felt great being in Manchester and knowing that I’ll be here in a couple of months to co-headline UFC Manchester and fight in front of British fans.”

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DugSWRLgan, have or are the RLWC 13 team done an event in Cardiff similar to what they are doing in Trafalgar Square next Friday?

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DugSWRLgan, have or are the RLWC 13 team done an event in Cardiff similar to what they are doing in Trafalgar Square next Friday?

I live in Cardiff, and nope not really.

The World Cup trophy was available for all to see at a local rugby union club. The club itself wasn't even open so the trophy was taken to nearby pitches. The local league team were present around 20-30 in all plus about 10 other neutrals including a Wigan supporting family. Many passing joggers and cyclists gave slightly bemused and interested looks.

In honesty I was disappointed in the event somewhat. I don't know what Cardiff Soartans RL did to promote the event but in my opinion it could have done a lot more to promote the World Cup. A more city central location would have been ideal, having the Demons (cardiff a other RL club) present would have also helped as well.

There were no media present other than Ian Golden of WRL. No adveisment in the local papers that I was aware of.

A week later Wales RU star Alun Wyn Jones was in my local Asda signing Lions tour DVDs, the turnout? HUGE!

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Unfortunately the organisers have decided promoting the Cardiff game in a 74500 stadium to the 350,000 people who live in Cardiff (and the other 500,000 who live within an hours drive) is pointless.

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Unfortunately the organisers have decided promoting the Cardiff game in a 74500 stadium to the 350,000 people who live in Cardiff (and the other 500,000 who live within an hours drive) is pointless.

Do you know this for a fact JB? I hope the organisers do something by Octobers start I.e. ads in the South Wales echo, billboards, bust stops etc.

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Any news on this big announcement that was supposed to be taking place a few weeks/months ago?

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Any news on this big announcement that was supposed to be taking place a few weeks/months ago?

Last I heared it was given a tentative date of Sept 24th.

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Do you know this for a fact JB? I hope the organisers do something by Octobers start I.e. ads in the South Wales echo, billboards, bust stops etc.

well I was being facetious to a degree but I would have hoped to have seen something of substance by now. The Bristol mob have done more than we've seen in Cardiff!

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I wonder when Sally Bolton and RLWC are going to start their "big push" on ticket sales, especially in Cardiff and surrounds?!

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well I was being facetious to a degree but I would have hoped to have seen something of substance by now. The Bristol mob have done more than we've seen in Cardiff!

 

I hope so; they should be aiming to start the competition off with a bang in Cardiff and shouldn't be relying on the English, especially the traditional fan base to fill the stadium. I may email them to see what they'll do to promote the game...

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