Parliament looks forward to Rugby League World Cup
Members of Parliament are looking forward to the forthcoming Rugby League World Cup in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
A motion has been tabled in the House of Commons, wishing all home nations well ahead of the men’s and women’s competitions.
The men’s competition kicks off on 27 October with England’s group A match against Australia, whilst Wales and Scotland face Papua New Guinea and Tonga respectively in the first round of fixtures.
England are the only home nation represented in the six team women’s Rugby League World Cup, which commences on 16 November, and play group games against Papua New Guinea, Australia and the Cook Islands.
Both competitions conclude with a Rugby League World Cup final double-header in Brisbane on 2 December.
Tabling the motion was Parliamentary Rugby League Group Secretary and Member of Parliament for St Helens South and Whiston, Marie Rimmer MP. She said “I am looking forward to the men’s and women’s Rugby League World Cups in the coming weeks, and will be following the action closely. England’s men’s and women’s teams both have a fantastic opportunity on the biggest stage of all, and I wish all involved with the squads well ahead of the tournament.”
Also supporting the motion was Member of Parliament for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, Gavin Newlands MP. He said “After some great performances in the 2016 Four Nations, I am looking forward to following Scotland’s progress through the tournament. I hope that Coach Steve McCormack, Captain Danny Brough and the rest of the Scotland team are successful and encourage more young people in Scotland to give rugby league a try.”