Trafalgar Square gets a ‘Big Hit’

Date published: Monday, August 5, 2013

Rugby League World Cup 2013 is set to take over London’s iconic Trafalgar Square on Friday August 23, the eve of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup final, as part of a celebration of Rugby League in the heart of the capital.

The prestigious World Cup trophy, which will be won at Old Trafford on Saturday November 30, will be on display in the square from 10am – 4pm as part of a RLWC2013 Roadshow which forms a jam-packed day of Rugby League activity.

England coach Steve McNamara, England captain Kevin Sinfield and Rugby League legend Martin Offiah will all be on hand to meet the public and will conduct a coaching masterclass with local London borough school children, who’ll be demonstrating the skill, speed and excitement of the sport.

After narrowly losing out to France in the final of the recent Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup, members of the England Wheelchair Rugby League squad will also play an exhibition game in the square and will have spare sports chairs on hand for members of the public to get involved. The Roadshow will also include a series of interactive activities for children and families to try.

“We’re delighted to be bringing this Rugby League showcase to such an iconic location right in the centre of the capital where we can capture not just the attention of the London public but indeed of a wider international audience ahead of Rugby League World Cup 2013,” said RLWC2013 General Manager Sally Bolton.

“As well as the London audience we also hope Rugby League fans from across the country, who will be making the journey to the capital for one of sport’s most prestigious and exciting events, will also want to come along and be part of a celebration of Rugby League on the day before the Challenge Cup final.

“The Tetley’s Challenge Cup Final on Saturday August 24 promises to be a top-class event and the next time Rugby League returns to Wembley Stadium will be on Saturday November 23, when four teams will be playing for a place in the World Cup Final.

“The semi-final double header, called the ‘Big Hit’, will give Rugby League fans, and sports fans in general, the chance to watch some of the best athletes in the world, in one of the most famous stadiums in the world, competing for the right to play for the title of World Champions; it promises to be an enthralling occasion.”

Tickets are now on sale for RLWC2013, with 55 per cent of tickets priced £20 or less. To purchase tickets please visit or call the 24-hour Ticket Hotline on 0844 847 2013.