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Wednesday, 11 September 2013

The Rugby League World Cup 2013

Pic with Lisa Nandy MP and Martin Offiah.
I joined with parliamentary colleague and Wigan MP, Lisa Nandy in celebrating the upcoming Rugby League World Cup at a reception in Parliament.

A total of 26 games will be played after the tournament kicks off on October 26th at the Millennium Stadium. The semi-finals will be played in a double header branded the ‘Big Hit’ at Wembley before the winners will be crowned after the final at Old Trafford on 30th November.

Leigh Sports Village will be hosting the Tonga v Cook Islands on Bonfire Night, 5th November.

It’s terrific that another huge multi-national sporting tournament is coming to the UK and to Leigh only a year after the Olympics, and after hearing how well things are going in the England camp from Head Coach Steve McNamara, we stand a great chance of becoming World Champions once again.

As well as a national event, the World Cup is something we in Leigh can all look forward to and take part in as we are hosting one of the games. I’m really looking forward to seeing the action.

Martin Offiah said, “By definition, World Cups are the very best a sport has to offer, and with the teams and athletes involved in this year’s tournament we are sure to see some fantastic games. Off the field, we already know it’s going to be the biggest yet, with everything in place and unprecedented ticket sales. I can’t wait and I would encourage anyone to get to a game to see some of the best sportsmen in the world.”