Parliamentary Group welcomes Rugby League remembrance plans

The All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group has welcomed the news that players and fans will pay their respects to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.

Whilst in football FIFA has prohibited teams from wearing poppies, those nations taking part in Rugby League’s Four Nations tournament will wear poppies on their shirts as a mark of respect.

A two-minute silence will be held when England take on Australia at the Olympic Stadium in London on Remembrance Sunday, allowing fans to recognise and reflect on the profound courage of those who gave their lives, and to show their gratitude for their sacrifice. The Scotland and New Zealand teams will also pay their respects, and wear poppies on their shirts when they meet in Workington on 11 November.

Group Chair and Leeds North West MP, Greg Mulholland, welcomed the news, saying: “I am pleased that the Rugby Football League and Rugby League international Federation have agreed that teams will be able to wear poppies on their kit in the forthcoming Four Nations matches. Rugby League remembers those who gave so much for the country and for us, and through this small gesture, we recognise and reflect on their profound courage.”

Member of Parliament for Chorley and Group Vice-Chair, Rt. Hon. Lindsay Hoyle MP, added: “The Rugby League family, like any family, does not forget those who we have lost, and I am glad that players and fans will be able to demonstrate their appreciation for those who have served, and all those in active service today. This will be a fitting tribute to those who have done so much for the country and for us all. Rugby League also salutes the English and Scottish FA for supporting players who wish to show their respect by wearing a poppy.”

Group Vice-Chair and Colne Valley MP, Jason McCartney, said: “It is only right that the Rugby League family pauses to reflect and give thanks to those who have served. The international sporting stage provides an opportunity to spread this message of peace and remembrance.”