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Official Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup draw is made

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The countdown to July’s Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup is well and truly on following the completion of the official competition draw at World Cup venue Medway Park earlier today (Tuesday April 23).


The formal draw was made by Councilor Howard Doe, Medway Council cabinet member for community services and chief executive Neil Davies and will see reigning champions England clash with pre-tournament favorites France on the opening day of competition on Wednesday July 3.


Tickets for the group stage matches, the semi-finals and the hotly anticipated final have also gone on sale with immediate effect.


Speaking at the draw, Councilor Howard Doe said: “We are delighted that Medway has been chosen to host the Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup. It is a reflection of our growing reputation as an international sporting venue, and I hope the people of Medway will embrace the opportunity to watch these elite athletes in action.”


David Butler of the Rugby Football League added: “We are very excited to be staging the Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup at Medway Park.  “The facilities for both spectators and the athletes themselves are superb and we are pleased that the area has embraced the competition and that local service providers will also benefit from event.


The World Cup is the biggest event in the sport’s calendar and takes place at Medway Park, Gillingham, from Wednesday July 3 to Saturday July 13 and forms part of the Festival of World Cups being staged in the build-up to this autumn’s Rugby League World Cup 2013, hosted by England and Wales.


Reigning wheelchair world champions England will be hoping to regain the title they won in Australia in 2008. However, they will face tough competition from Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Australia and France, who are pre-tournament favourites having defeated England in a spectacular international at Medway Park last August which attracted the largest crowd in the sport’s history.


In the group stages, each team plays the other two teams drawn in their group plus one country from the opposing group.


The World Cup forms part of the Medway Festival of Sport, a three-month festival of more than 50 different participation and spectator events for all ages in 70 days. During the competition there will also be opportunities for people to experience wheelchair rugby league for themselves.



Wednesday July 3

England V France

Australia V Scotland

Wales V Ireland

Saturday July 6

England V Ireland

Australia V Wales

France V Scotland

Tuesday July 9

England V Wales

Australia V France

Scotland V Ireland

Thursday July 11: Semi Finals

Winner of Pool A V Runner Up Pool B

Winner of Pool B V Runner Up Pool A

Saturday July 13: World Cup Final


Wheelchair Rugby League mirrors Rugby League.   Players use the same ball which must be passed backwards, have a six-tackle rule, have goal posts at each end of the court and can punt or volley the ball over the posts for a drop goal or conversion.  The game can be played by disabled and non-disabled players.  



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Wheelchair World Cup Kick Off Times

23rd April 2013, 20:18

Following the draw of the Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup on Tuesday 23rd April, host venue Medway Park and the RFL can now confirm the kick off times and full schedule of the tournament.

Three games will take place each day, with teams drawn in two pools. Pool A features Australia, France and Scotland whilst Pool B comprises England, Wales and Ireland. Teams will play each team in their pool and one cross-group fixture in the group stages. At the semi-finals, just two games take place, whilst on Finals Day all six sides will take part in the action.

Tickets are available now via or by calling 01634 338 338

Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup - Full Match Schedule

Wednesday, July 3

Match 1: Noon – Wales v Ireland

Match 2: 5.30pm – Australia v Scotland

Match 3: 7.30pm – France v England

Saturday, July 6

Match 1: 2pm – France v Scotland

Match 2: 4pm – England v Ireland

Match 3: 6pm – Australia v Wales

Tuesday, July 9

Match 1: Noon – Scotland v Ireland

Match 2: 5.30pm – Australia v France

Match 3: 7.30pm – Wales v England

Thursday, July 11

Semi-final 1: 5.30pm – winner Pool A v runner up Pool B

Semi-final 2: 7.30pm – runner up Pool A v winner Pool B

Saturday, July 13

5th/6th place play-off: 11.15am

3rd/4th place play-off: 1.15pm

Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup Final: 4pm

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I have just bought tickets for some of the games. The website is, it is not obvious at first how to buy so you need to select the Local Events tab on the right hand side. In order to get the discount for three games in one day you need to click on each individual game (rather than where it says day package!)

To get to Gillingham take a train from either London Victoria or London Charing Cross, or by car from the Dartford Tunnel is 30 minutes along the M2.

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I'd like to see some of these games but whether I do depends on whether I can persuade my Croydon based sister to let me stay in their tiny little flat for a night!

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