Festival of World Cups

Date published: Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Festival of World Cups
THE RFL are hosting the Festival of World Cups this summer featuring separate competitions for Women, Wheelchair, Police, Student and Armed Forces.

A total of 28 teams will be part of the Festivals in a momentous year for Rugby League, with Rugby League World Cup 2013 being staged in England and Wales this autumn.

RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood said: “The Festival of World Cups will be a wonderful international celebration of Rugby League.

“The different tournaments will showcase the diversity in the sport and the wide range of opportunities available to participate at different levels.

“This is the first time all the competitions have been staged together in this way and I am sure that both the athletes and volunteers involved will inspire more people to see new opportunities to be involved in sport and Rugby League in particular.”

The Festival will take place between July 3 and 15 in a range of venues.

The Women’s, Police, and Student tournaments festivals will take place at the South Leeds Stadium, The Big Fellas Stadium in Featherstone, The LoveRugbyLeague.Com Stadium in Batley and The Tetley’s Stadium in Dewsbury.

The Armed Forces festival will be staged at Colchester Garrison, and the Finals of the Women’s, Police and Student festivals will be at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on July 14.

The Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup Festival will be staged at Medway Park in Gillingham, Kent.

­Gillingham’s £11m sports complex Medway Park will hold the international tournament from July 2 – July 13.

Six teams will compete for the title, including reigning champions England, who won the sport’s first World Cup in Australia in 2008.