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Brothers in arms gunning for World Cup glory

Twin brothers Lewis and Ryan Taylor are determined to play their part in ensuring Great Britain emerge victorious in the Armed Forces Rugby League World Cup so they they get their hands on the trophy in unison.
The brothers are more accustomed to competing against each other on the pitch in inter-service competitions, with Lewis a member of the Royal Navy and Ryan in the Army, but the former Leeds Rhinos Academy players are hoping success will come to both of them this week.
"It's really nice to come together and play on the same side again," said Lewis. "We played together as kids and through the Leeds Academy system but when we joined the forces we went separate ways.
"We've been playing against each other since then so it's great to be back alongside each other and competing for a title."
Lewis has already experienced World Cup success as part of Great Britain's successful 2008 Armed Forces side and brother Ryan is hoping to experience that same sensation this month.
"It's a massive thing for me to be playing in a World Cup," said Ryan. "Unless you progress all the way through to the very elite level of Super League, the only other chance you ever have of representing your country and playing for a World Cup is through the forces.
"If you don't make it to the top flight then this level offers you a real chance to represent your country with pride and it's still a very high level of competition."
Lewis said: "I'm quite privileged in that i played in 2008.  To go to Australia and play on behalf of your country was fantastic - now it's on home soil it's even bigger though and especially to be together.
"Home soil is massive for us. In our past four meetings with Australia we have won - which makes us the only international level team that has that good a record against Australia on the big stage.
"We don't want to let that slip. It's something we've been aiming at since 2008 and there has been a lot of hard work put in by the players and staff during that time so it's the culmination of a lot of hard work."
Having progressed through the Leeds Rhinos Academy set-up as youngsters, both brothers came to the conclusion that their further within the game lay elsewhere and signed up to their respective forces within an eight-month period.
"I got to 21 and looked at the other lads coming through the system at the same time and realised that none of us had ever really experienced the world," said Lewis.
"Finance and fame wasn't something that attracted me - I wanted to experienced the world and see what was out there. Joining the Navy has given me the chance to see a lot of the world and it's a very privileged lifestyle.
"As a 'tracksuit sailor' I'm often away representing the Navy on the pitch and that brings a real sense of pride, both personally and for my unit, with it."
Ryan said: “When you're in the Academy set up and you get to the end of the year, a few people get signed up for the pro level and the rest sort of drop out of the system a little.
"Some get contract at semi-pro, some go on loans etc but it's hard to fight your way back to elite level from there. I'd always been attracted by the idea of joining the services and when I got released at Leeds it was a natural fit.
"I wanted a different take on life and to experience what soldering was and put myself in a physically demanding situation and it's a decision I'm very happy I made."

The public are welcome to attend all Armed Forces World Cup matches. Fixtures onJuly 3 and 10 will take place on pitches at the Budd VC Gymnasium on Berechurch Road, Colchester, with the matches on July 13 played at the Garrison B Ground on Circular Road North.
Entry to all games is free of charge.

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Police World Cup FT

 

Australia 32 Fiji 24

 

Fiji were leading 24-14 with 10 minutes to go

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1127 people at Featherstone tonight!

 

Good stuff. Shame England lost though.

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1127 people at Featherstone tonight!

That's very impressive indeed.

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1127 people at Featherstone tonight!

 

 

1127 people at Featherstone tonight!

 

 

What game was this for ??????

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On Monday 8 July, representatives of the Serbian Armed Forces Rugby League Team visited Parliament as part of their Armed Services Rugby League World Cup tour.

 

The Armed Forces competition is part of a Festival of rugby league world cups currently being played in England this year.  Police, students, women and wheelchair tournaments also feature, ahead of the Rugby League World Cup 2013 which takes place over six weeks in October and November.

 

The Armed Forces Rugby League World Cup enters the knock-out stages on Wednesday 10 July when the Serbians will face Australia and GB will take on the Kiwis.

 

Chairman of the Parliamentary Rugby League Group, Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland, said: “not only is it fantastic to see an Armed Forces Rugby League World Cup taking place in the UK, it’s great to see an emerging rugby league nation like Serbia taking part. We met representatives of Great Britain Armed Forces Rugby League two weeks ago, and it is a pleasure to meet the Serbians.  The Group will be writing to the Serbian Ambassador saying how important it is for them to have taken part and wishing them continued success in developing the game in their country.”

 

Speaking on behalf of the Serbian side was Lieutenant Colonel Dragon Todorov who said, “We are proud to be taking part in the World Cup.  We would like to thank the Great Britain Combined Services Rugby League for their support and all those involved in the Festival of World Cups for making this such a good trip.  It is wonderful to be able to take some time to visit the Houses of Parliament and we would like to thank the Parliamentary Group for their support for the game.”

 

Chairman of Great Britain Armed Forces Rugby League is Air Commodore Dean Andrew who added: “This has been a tremendous tournament for rugby league in this country and in our Armed Forces in particular.  We are looking to two further tough, physical games in the coming week.  We are very grateful for the Group's longstanding and continued support; both to us and to our services counterparts throughout the world.

 

The final of the Armed Forces Rugby League World is being held at Colchester Garrison on Saturday 13 July.  More information about the Armed Forces tournament, and those for the Police, Students, Women, and Wheelchair athletes can be found at the Festival of World Cups’ website: www.rlfowc2013.com.

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Tamani dreaming of second World Cup win

Great Britain Armed Forces player Tim Tamani is hoping to collect his second World Cup winners’ medal in the Armed Forces World Cup final on Saturday July 13.
Tamani is one of only five current squad members who featured during the 2008 Armed Forces World Cup in Australia and the Fijian-born powerhouse is relishing the prospect of successfully retaining the title.
"In 2000 I applied to join the British Army and got accepted in 2003 and joined the Army," said Tamani.
"It's a major honour for me to now be able to represent Great Britain in international competition and to pull on the jersey fills me with immense pride every time.
"I'm one of only five players still remaining from the 2008 World Cup, so I'm an old head in the squad, but the competition is very important to me personally and I will give my all to retain the trophy.
"The standards have risen since 2008 and it's even tougher than before, but that's what you expect in a World Cup and we've responded very well so far."
Great Britain have looked impressive in their two competitive games so far, overcoming New Zealand and Serbia and with a game against Australia to come before the final Tamani says the ethos of the forces ensures the squad will not give up until the trophy is theirs.
"Playing in this competition is important for all of us," he said. "Only 25 men get this chance and we know how privileged and honoured we are.
"Only 17 get to play in a match as well so there are some guys who have been disappointed not to play yet, but we all come together and we are a strong unit and we play for each other.
"That spirit is something that fits naturally with the sport of Rugby League.
"Relentlessness on the pitch, determination to succeed and the team spirit and camaraderie of the game are all traits that transfer across to the services so Rugby League has a natural bond with the forces and we are all determined to win the World Cup for all of Rugby League in Great Britain."
The public are welcome to attend all Armed Forces World Cup matches. The fixture 10 July will take place on pitch at the Budd VC Gymnasium on Berechurch Road, with the final on 13 July being played at the Garrison B Ground on Circular Road North.
The Armed Forces World Cup Final at Colchester Garrison will be free of charge, but fans will be encouraged to make a donation to Services charities.

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I've now decided (this morning) to leave work a couple of hours early and drive to Colchester to cheer on the Serbs. And GB, of course!

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So despite checking the website earlier today and seeing that the first match kicks off at 5, it kicked off at 4. Which was apparently the kickoff time all along because that's what's printed in the programme

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Festival of World Cup finals to be shown by Premier Sports

The 2013 Festival of World Cups Finals Day, which sees the Women’s, Students and Police Rugby League World Cups conclude in an action-packed day of Rugby League, will be screened free-to-view on Premier Sports on Thursday July 18.
Finals Day takes place at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds, on Sunday July 14 and Premier Sports, the official broadcast partner of the Kingstone Press Championships, will be in attendance to record action from the three games to be screened on Thursday July 18, 9.00pm to 11.30pm, alongside highlights of the Wheelchair and Armed Forces World Cup finals which conclude on Saturday July 13.
The broadcast will add to Premier Sports’ already extensive coverage of Rugby League which will see them showcase over 250 games during the 2013 season including all 28 Rugby League World Cup 2013 matches this Autumn.
“We are delighted that Premier Sports will be showcasing the Festival of World Cups Finals Day on their platform as it is sure to be an entertaining and exciting day of Rugby League,” said Festival of World Cups Director Julia Lee.
“Premier Sports have built a strong relationship with the Rugby League community over the past few years and it is a fantastic result for the players involved in all three games from Finals Day to know that the action will be shown on Premier Sports.”
Premier Sports Executive Producer Neal Coupland said: “At Premier Sports we are delighted to once again showcase games from across the Rugby League community.
“The Festivals of World Cups is a great concept and the perfect way to compliment Premier’s coverage of RLWC 2013 in the Autumn which will see all 28 games screened live on the channel.”

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Another trip to the fantastic Medway Park facility about to begin, it is semifinals day today as a gritty Welsh team take on the best team in the tournament so far, France  and the evening sees a different  Ashes clash as Australia take on England.

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Student World Cup semi-finals confirmed

Hosts England will play New Zealand in the semi-finals of the 2013 Student Rugby League World Cup at Dewsbury, tomorrow (Friday, 8.00pm).
England have progressed undefeated through the group stages and will meet the Kiwis with a place in the final at Headingley on Sunday July 14 at stake.
The second semi-final sees World Cup holders Australia face Wales at Batley tomorrow (8.00).
Scotland and South Africa will contest the competition's fifth-place play-off at Batley on Friday at 6.00pm while Ireland and Russia meet in the seventh-place play-off as a curtain-raiser to the England v New Zealand game (6.00).

Friday 12th July – Dewsbury Rams
8.00pm – England v New Zealand (semi-final)
6.00pm – Ireland v Russia (7th place play-off)
Friday 12th July – Batley Bulldogs
8.00pm – Australia v Wales (semi-final)
6.00pm – Scotland v South Africa (5th place play off)

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Great news that we will be able to see a recording of the Festival of World Cups finals day along with highlights from the wheelchair and police world cup comps.  There have been some massively lopsided games so far in all the comps but also some closely fought affairs.  It's a shame that there hasn't been more support from rugby league fans at the games themselves though.

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Wheelchair A strong start by France with the opening three tries of the game. Wales came back to 16 10 but France now scoring at will. 40 10, 7 minutes To HT

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7 minutes left FRA 64 Wales 24 France deserve their place in the World Cup Final as they are the best team in the tournament and will not fear either of the other semi-finalists as they have already beaten England and Australia.

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Wheelchair HT England 44 Australia 4 A dominant England have shown some good handling and also scored som fantastic individual tries to stand on the verge of the final. Brooza was not on quite such good form when he attempted the halftime penalty challenge.

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Magic from Harry (but not Potter) ensured that England wil get the chance to defend their World title against France in Saturday's Wheelchair Final. The sparkling Harry Brown scored 7 tries including one sensational effort where he jinked the length of the field to help England to a comfortable 81 10 victory over Australia. France will start as marginal favourites for the Medway Park final, in What is likely to be a tight game.

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Great news that we will be able to see a recording of the Festival of World Cups finals day along with highlights from the wheelchair and police world cup comps.  There have been some massively lopsided games so far in all the comps but also some closely fought affairs.  It's a shame that there hasn't been more support from rugby league fans at the games themselves though.

Not there for Tuesday & Thursday this week but was at opening day & last Saturday and the England games at least at the Wheelchair event was sold out. Other games attracted a decent attendance & some very appreciative spectators.

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Wheelchair HT England 44 Australia 4 A dominant England have shown some good handling and also scored som fantastic individual tries to stand on the verge of the final. Brooza was not on quite such good form when he attempted the halftime penalty challenge.

This is why I don't kick for Medway!

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