Rugby League World Cup heading for Wigan Borough as trophy tour launches marking 50 Days To Go

Rugby League World Cup heading for Wigan Borough as trophy tour launches marking 50 Days To Go

Excitement is building in Wigan Borough as there are now just 50 days to go until the start of Rugby League World Cup 2021!

The biggest, best and most inclusive rugby league tournament ever staged kicks off at St James’ Park, Newcastle on 15 October as hosts England take on Samoa in the men’s event.

To coincide with this important milestone, Wigan Council is also delighted to announce The National Lottery Trophy Tour will be visiting Wigan and Leigh on Friday 30 September – with the men’s, women’s and wheelchair trophies all heading to Wigan Borough as part of a nationwide tour of host towns and cities.

Leader of Wigan Council, Councillor David Molyneux MBE, said: “We’re so excited that there are now only 50 days to go until the start of Rugby League World Cup 2021 and we’re especially thrilled that the three trophies will be coming to our borough at the end of next month.

“We’re so passionate about rugby league here in Wigan Borough and I know our matches here in Wigan and Leigh are all going to be incredible occasions. We simply can’t wait!”

The National Lottery Trophies Tour will take in Super League, Championship and League One clubs and a variety of other exciting events as the countdown to the opening fixture continues.

The trophies will be accompanied by RLWC2021’s recently unveiled mascot, RugBee, who today (Friday 26 August) marked the 50 Days to Go landmark by ‘flying’ across the River Tyne on a zipwire.

The people of Newcastle were also treated to a performance outside the famous Newcastle Theatre Royal by a selection of children from the RLWC2021 Dance Movement Group, which is part of the RLWC2021 Cultural Festival that was announced earlier this week.

The children took part in a multi-cultural performance of different music genres – including a traditional Samoan Siva Tau, which will be performed by the national team prior to matches.

Rugby League World Cup 2021 Chief Executive, Jon Dutton, said: “With just 50 days to go until the biggest, best and most inclusive Rugby League World Cup in history, we celebrated the tournament’s unique cultural diversity with this performance in the heart of the city at such an iconic venue and I am calling on everyone with a passion for rugby league to get involved and become advocates for this tournament to help us make it the greatest tournament in the sport’s 127-year history.

“Tickets for all of the tournament fixtures are selling very well, with the tournament opener between England and Samoa on course to sell out and we are expecting a fantastic atmosphere at St James’ Park.”

“The opening weekend of the tournament is set to be a true festival of rugby league and will provide real momentum for 61 matches which will culminate with all three finals being held in Manchester over the 18 and 19 November.

“We saw with the Women’s Euro’s how the country really got behind the tournament after England’s women got off to such a great start and with all three of our England teams in with a great chance of progressing to their respective finals the tournament will only get more exciting as we build towards that finals weekend in Manchester.”

Three men’s group stage matches will be played at Leigh Sports Village, starting with Wales v Cook Islands on Wednesday 19 October. The LSV will also host Lebanon as they face Ireland on Sunday 23 October and Jamaica on Sunday 30 October.

Meanwhile, Wigan’s DW Stadium will stage a mouth-watering double-header on Saturday 5 November with England’s Women in action against Canada ahead of the second men’s quarter-final – also likely to involve England.

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Posted on Friday 26th August 2022

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