International Rugby League will return to Wembley

first_imgInternational Rugby League will return to Wembley Stadium for the first time since 1997 when the second round of fixtures in the 2011 Gillette Four Nations series take place at the national stadium this autumn.On Saturday November 5 the RFL will stage a double-header of International Rugby League, which will see hosts England taking on Australia, kick off 3.30pm and Wales, who will be making their Four Nations debut, facing current Four Nations and World Champions New Zealand in the first of the two games, kick off 1.00pm.The last international at Wembley was between Great Britain and Australia 14 years ago and England have not played at the national stadium since the 1995 World Cup final when Australia were the victors in front of a 66,540 crowd.“Wembley Stadium is known around the world for staging some of the biggest and most important events in sport and we are delighted to be taking International Rugby League back to one of the world’s most iconic stadiums in the autumn,” said RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood.“With some of the world’s best Rugby players on show at Wembley we will undoubtedly raise the profile of the sport on the national and international stage. We hope that this fantastic event will help to bring the drama of the sport to a much wider audience especially with the 2013 Rugby League World Cup only a few years away.”The 2011 Gillette Four Nations tournament commences on Friday October 28 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, when holders New Zealand take on Australia in a repeat of last year’s Four Nations Final. The match will kick off at 8.00pm. The following day tournament hosts England take on Wales at the Leigh Sports Village with the match kicking off at 2.30pm.After the Wembley showcase round, the final week of group fixtures sees New Zealand travel to Hull to play England at the KC Stadium on Saturday November 12, kick off 6.00pm, with Australia making the trip to the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham to face Wales on Sunday November 13, Kick off 5.45pm.The final of the tournament will be played at Elland Road, Leeds, the venue of the 2009 Gillette Fusion Four Nations Final, on Saturday November 19, kick off 6.00pm.Jared Regan, Gillette Brand Manager, said: “We are delighted to once again be title sponsors of the Gillette Four Nations. This exciting tournament has grown over the years to become one of the sporting calendar’s premier events.“We are especially looking forward to welcoming Wales into the tournament, and eagerly await the arrival of Australia and New Zealand to these shores. And, as England sponsor, we of course hope to see the host nation do particularly well!”“This year’s tournament will have the added profile of a double header at Wembley, and we applaud the decision to take two of the fixtures to arguably the best sporting arena in the world.“Gillette have committed considerable resource to this year’s tournament, and we’re sure Rugby League fans old and new will join us in looking forward to an autumn of thrilling games played out before packed stadia.”Tickets details for all the Four Nations matches will be announced on Monday July 4 at 11.00am and supporters will be able to take advantage of a special celebratory offer for tickets to Wembley.last_img read more


OUR review of the 2015 concludes with what happene

first_imgOUR review of the 2015 concludes with what happened in October, November and December.Please note that some of the links below may contain advertising that is no longer relevant.OCTOBERSadly, a repeat Grand Final appearance wasn’t to be as Saints went down to Leeds despite arguably their best performance of the season.The final scoreline may have shown a 13-20 reverse but Cunningham’s men were the best side throughout and were unlucky not to win.Alex Walmsley won the Top Metre Maker award at the Steve Prescott Man of Steel Awards but missed out on the big prize to Zak Hardaker.Outstanding Contribution awards went to Ade Gardner and Paul Wellens.It was announced that Saints would face NRL Minor Premiers Sydney Roosters in the 2016 World Club Series – a repeat of the first World Club Challenge game in 1976.James Roby was named in the England’s squad for the test series with New Zealand and crossed for two tries in the 84-4 warm up win over France.Regan Grace and Morgan Knowles were selected in the Wales European Championship squad.Matt Haggerty was loaned to Salford for the 2016 season.And the Academy Tour of Australia was a successful one as the youngsters went four for four on their travels.NOVEMBEROutside back Jack Owens signed on a two year deal from Widnes – just in time for pre-season.Squad numbers for the 2016 were announced. Mark Percival and Alex Walmsley were promoted to the No.4 and No.8 shirts respectively.New signing Lama Tasi was given No.14 shirt and other new recruits Dominique Peyroux, Theo Fages and Jack Owens the No.18, 19 and 22 shirts respectively.There were also new faces from the Club’s Academy system with Calvin Wellington, Danny Richardson and others joining Ricky Bailey and Morgan Knowles in the top squad.DECEMBERSaints visited a Cassius Camp in the Lake District and trained with 42 Commandos in Plymouth as part of their pre-season preparations.Head of Strength and Conditioning Matt Daniels then took the side on a brutal run around Rivington Pike.We cannot wait for the new season! Merry Christmas all and a Happy New Year!Season Review – Part One (Jan – March) – Part Two (Apr – June) – Part Three (July – September)last_img read more