Vice Chief of Defence Staff to attend Armed Forces World Cup

Date published: Monday, July 1, 2013

The RFL is delighted to announce that that Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Vice Chief of Defence Staff will be guest of honour at the final of the 2013 Armed Forces Rugby League World Cup final.

The Armed Forces World Cup will see hosts Great Britain compete against Australia, New Zealand and Serbia from Sunday June 30 to Saturday July 13 at Colchester Garrison for the right to be crowned world champions and Air Chief Marshal Peach will be on hand to present the trophy to the winning captain.

Sir Stuart was commissioned into the Royal Air Force in 1977 and flew in a photographic reconnaissance role prior to three successive tours in the UK and Germany, qualifying as a weapons and electronic warfare instructor.

He was Commander of British Forces (Italy) 1999-2000 and NATO Air Commander (Forward) in Kosovo in 2000 before serving as Commandant UK Air Warfare Centre and Assistant Chief of Staff (Intelligence) Strike Command from 2000 to 2003. He assumed his current appointment as Chief of Joint Operations at PJHQ (UK) in March 2009.

He was also guest of honour at Wembley to present the Challenge Cup to winning captain Sean O’Loughlin at the end of the 2011 final between Wigan Warriors and Leeds Rhinos.

Air Marshal Sir Stuart Peach said: “It is a great honour to be invited to present the Armed Forces Rugby League World Cup trophy.

“Across the armed services we have a very strong family relationship with Rugby League and we are very proud of the links we have with the RFL. I am very much looking forward to watching the Armed Forces World Cup first hand and wish every nation competing the very best of luck for the tournament.”

Festival of World Cups Director Julia Lee said: “Sir Stuart has been a great friend to the sport of Rugby League and we are delighted that he has been able to accept an invitation to present the Armed Forces Rugby League World Cup trophy.

“Rugby League has a very strong connection within the forces and we have built a great relationship with all those involved in Forces Rugby League. I believe the presence of Sir Stuart will only serve to strengthen the already tight relationship we share.”