Sports Minister to present Challenge Cup

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch MP will be Chief Guest at the 2015 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final between Hull Kingston Rovers v Leeds Rhinos at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 29 (3.15).

Ms Crouch will meet the teams prior to kick-off and will present Rugby League’s oldest and most prestigious trophy to the winning team.

The MP for Chatham and Aylesford, who is a keen sports fan and an FA qualified football coach, was appointed as Minister of Sport in May of this year.

Ms Crouch, who studied law and politics at the University of Hull, will also perform the unveiling of the historic statue at Wembley that celebrates the sport’s long and proud association with the national stadium. The statue is situated on the Wembley concourse and will be unveiled at noon on the day of the final.

RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood said: “We are delighted that the country’s Minister of Sport Tracey Crouch has accepted our invitation to be Chief Guest at the Ladbroke’s Challenge Cup final.

“We are also very pleased that she has agreed to participate in the statue unveiling on a day which marks a significant date for the sport as we celebrates the 120th anniversary of its foundation.

“To have a Member of Parliament who has strong connections with the city of Hull is particularly prescient and I am sure Ms Crouch will enjoy what is always a memorable day for sports fans.”

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch said: “I am thrilled to be attending the Challenge Cup final, one of the highlights of the sporting calendar. This match has such a rich history and is watched by Rugby League fans all over the world.

“I can’t wait to see Leeds Rhinos and Hull Kingston Rovers go head-to-head and present the trophy to the winning side.”