World Cup Preparations start to Ramp Up

News from the World Cup. Preparations and promotion is gearing up. With a little under 2 month to go and Parliament is getting on board. The USA Tomahawks are also deep into their preparations. Exciting news with USARL players selected.

Rugby League World Cup 2013 Celebration in Parliament

From Mark Ramsdale

With just over 50 days to the opening ceremony of the Rugby League World Cup 2013, Members of Parliament will gather tomorrow, Tuesday 3 September, to celebrate the tournament and discuss the home nations’ chances of success.

The RLWC2013 event will see MPs welcome legends and figures from the game, including World Cup ambassador Martin Offiah MBE and England Head Coach Steve McNamara.

The event will be hosted by Parliamentary Rugby League Group Chairman, Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland, who will welcome guests and Parliamentary colleagues.  He said “The 2013 Rugby League World Cup is the first major international sports tournament to take place in the UK since London 2012 and is another great opportunity for people to enjoy top class sport here.

“It is hugely exciting to see RLWC2013 being played up and down the country, including of course the opening ceremony at the Millennium Stadium in Wales, the “Big Hit” double header semi-finals at Wembley and the final at OId Trafford; as well as some games in places experiencing international rugby league for the first time.

“With the importance of RWLC2013 and with England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland all competing, it is fitting that there is a reception in the Houses of Parliament to tell MPs and peers more about the tournament and I hope many will attend games and encourage their constituents to do the same.

“With the first game now under months away, it is great to be promoting RLWC213 in Westminster as part of the build-up and on behalf of the Parliamentary Rugby League Group I would like to wish all competing nations the very best for the tournament and here’s to it being the best rugby league world cup there has been”.

Tournament Director Nigel Wood added “it’s wonderful to see so many Members of Parliament joining us tomorrow to celebrate and promote the World Cup.   Many MPs have already been incredibly supportive of what we are trying to achieve at a national level as well as in their constituency’s hosting of matches or team base camps.

“With their support and record-breaking numbers of volunteers from constituencies all over Britain, we are on course to make this the biggest and best World Cup ever.”

Tickets for RLWC2013 are selling quickly and in record numbers.  They are on sale from the official or by calling the ticket hotline: 0844 847 2013.

Tomahawks Draft USARL Players

From Brian Lowe

PHILADELPHIA, Penn. – (September 2, 2013) – The USA Tomahawks have named their 17-man squad for the third Colonial Cup match against Canada and it includes a mix of players from both the American National Rugby League and the USA Rugby League.

The Tomahawks will travel to Toronto for a continuation of the annual series on Saturday, September 7, 2013. The game will be played at Lamport Stadium, the scene of a Wolverines victory in the series opener in July.

Tomahawks coach Ben Kelly says top line players from USARL Grand Final teams Philadelphia Fight and Jacksonville Axemen will add some grunt to the USA squad.

“I am very happy to have Philly Fight players Casey and Matt Clarke, Kevin Wiggins and Jacksonville players Brent Shorten and Apple Pope named in the Tomahawks squad,” said Kelly.

“I am very excited to see the Clarke brothers in action. They are both hard as nails and fighting fit.

“Wiggins is a fire breather who is very dangerous on the fringes and a feared player in defense.

“It’s great to have Apple [Pope] back in the mix and Brent Shorten will be leading the boys around the park in the five-eighth role.

“With a few injuries to players in our squad, it’s great to have the lads step in as we are heading into a State of Origin atmosphere in Toronto. We will be ready to meet them head on.”

The 2013 Colonial Cup series is evenly poised after the first two games. Canada won the opener 36-20 in Toronto, before the USA posted a 44-16 victory in Game 2 last month in Conshohocken, PA.

The series will be decided on a points aggregate basis with the USA holding 64-52 advantage going into this weekend’s matchup.


Taylor Welch, Gareth Gibbs, Vai Notoa, Luke Baron, Casey Clarke, Louis Tulio (Capt), Brent Shorten, Matt Walsh, Mike Schacter, Apple Pope, Salesi Tongamoa, Mark Offerdahl, Kevin Wiggins, Josh Rice, Matt Clarke, Curtis Cunz, Wesley Haughton


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