The legacy of the late Jo Cox MP is being kept alive through rugby league with a delegation of VIPs heading to Pakistan to launch a girls’ training initiative in conjunction with schools across West Yorkshire.
Involving BARA (British Asian Rugby Association) founder and former England RL international Ikram Butt, Oasis Lister Academy Headteacher Ian Simpson, and Craig Taylor of Batley Bulldogs, the project will identify 15 girls from Kirklees, Bradford and Leeds. They will be mentored by a collaboration of partners including the Chief Superintendent of West Yorkshire Police Mabs Hussain, Major Marr (Head of Engagement, British Army, Yorkshire & Humber) and Chris Green (founder of the White Ribbon Campaign which campaigns against violence against women & girls) amongst others.
England travelled to the Parc-des-Sports in Avignon for a, pre-four nations, warm up game, the first under the custodianship of Wayne Bennett. Bennett gave five players their England debuts to herald the start of a new era; St Helens' Mark Percival and Jonny Lomax, Hull FC's Scott Taylor, Castleford's Luke Gale, and Stefan Ratchford of Warrington. Stevie Ward missed out on the seventeen after being a late addition to the squad.
This was an important build-up game ahead of the four nations with Australia, New Zealand and Scotland which gets underway next weekend and expectations were high for a big England win against a France side which was essentially the Catalans Dragons.
A late, hat-trick try from winger Aaron Jones-Bishop, from a terrific offload by skipper Wayne Reittie, saw Jamaica pull off a sensational draw with Wales in front of almost 1,400 vociferous fans in Wakefield.
The Reggae Warriors, who led 12-8 at the break, produced, arguably, the most important result in their history, having also beaten Ireland last weekend on their first games in Europe.
Team manager Glenn Morrison was full of praise for his men who cranked up the volume in their dressing room post-match in celebration. “We’ve come a long in the few months we’ve been together and in these couple of games,” he said.
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This year’s Must Attend Event for all Rugby League fans!
Supporters Direct’s Voice of the Fans conference will be held on the morning of Saturday 29th October at the RFL’s archive, Heritage Quay, at the University of Huddersfield.
We are very pleased to announce this year’s Voice of the Fans keynote speaker as Brian Barwick, Chairman of the Rugby Football League and a board member of the Rugby League International Federation.
A whole season in the making, the Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors clashed at Old Trafford in the fight for the ultimate prize, the Grand Final Trophy.
The game was too close to call. Warrington finished atop the pile at the end of the regular season, but Wigan were second. Warrington won two out of three meetings in 2016 but it was Wigan who won the last encounter, a thriller at the Halliwell-Jones, where they stole victory despite being reduced to twelve men.
No-one knew whether this would be the first time that the name Warrington Wolves would be etched onto the trophy, or whether Wigan would be able to end a two game losing Grand Final run. A full-house was all-set for a classic for the nineteenth Grand Final.
All eyes turn to Old Trafford on Saturday evening for the culmination of the 2016 domestic rugby league calendar as Warrington Wolves take on Wigan Warriors for the top prize in the game, the Super League trophy.
The bookies are struggling to choose between the two, making Warrington the slightest of favourites, as the top side in the league take on the team who finished in second place.
Both sides have previous Grand Final experience but only Wigan have their name on the trophy.
The culmination to the 2016 season for Hull KR and Salford Red Devils would see one of the sides relegated to the Championship while the other would take their place in Super League for 2017.
There is no denying that the 'Million Pound Game' concept is cruel to one, and come five o'clock would be devastating to one of these sides, but it brings unrivalled and unparalleled excitement to the seasons end.
Eighty-one minutes would ultimately determine who would be smiling and who would be shedding tears.
An Old Trafford date with the Warrington Wolves awaited the winner of tonight's second semi final between the second placed Wigan Warriors and Challenge Cup winners Hull FC.
The Warriors are in form and on the back of a three game winning run, including an 18-12 victory over tonight's opponents. Hull's form has taken a downward spiral since they picked up silverware, with just one win since Wembley, and a loss last week against the Wolves which saw them finish the Super 8's in third.
FC were without captain and talisman Gareth Ellis but Wigan also had their troubles and were missing Ben Flower through suspension and captain Shaun O'Loughlin and full-back Sam Tomkins both through injury.
Fresh from their win at Hull FC last weekend, securing the Minor Premiership, top of the table were at the Halliwell-Jones to take on their nemesis, St Helens, in the play-off semi-final. The Wolves home form against Saints is dreadful, losing their last seven encounters and with only two home wins against their near neighbours since the start of Super League.
Saints know what it takes to get to a Grand Final, having featured in ten of the eighteen finals, and they welcomed back James Roby into the form side in competition. Warrington also had a returnee in the shape of Kurt Gidley, adding strength and experience in the halves.
It would be the end of the season for one of these sides, the other would be starting preparations for a trip to Old Trafford and the Grand Final.
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