Rugby League World Cup Trophy visits Sheffield
Along with the Rugby League World Cup the Eagles brought along their Championship Trophy, thanks to their Grand Final success in September over Featherstone Rovers.
The Challenge Cup was also present, something which Sheffield famously won in 1998, defeating favourites Wigan Warriors in the Final at Wembley.
All three trophies where on display at Cutlers Hall, Sheffield, which is home to the Company of Cutlers' in Hallamshire which was established by a parliamentary Act of Incorporation in 1624.
For almost four hundred years The Cutler Company has sought to maintain the standards and quality of Sheffield manufactured cutlery and steel products and to promote the name of Sheffield.
Speaking of the visit Sheffield Eagles and Ireland Head Coach, Mark Aston said, “It was a great honour to be invited to the Cutler’s Hall with our Championship Trophy along with the Challenge Cup which I have fond memories of lifting in 98'."
“To have the World Cup on display was great too, whilst we’re disappointed a game isn’t in Sheffield, we have a number of international players at the Eagles who will all hopefully be vying for a place in their respective teams to play in the World Cup next year.”
First team players from Sheffield Eagles who were present and hoping to take part in the World Cup was Mitch Stringer and Alex Szostak (Scotland), Menzie Yere (Papua New Guinea) and Quentin Laulu Tongage (Samoa).
Corey Hanson, who has come through the Sheffield Eagles ranks over the years was also present and plays international rugby league for Jamaica.
Master Cutler, Neil Andrew Macdonald who hosted the Eagles and the Trophies at the Hall said, "It was great to have the Sheffield Eagles at the Cutlers Hall and was a wonderful opportunity to congratulate the team and celebrate their recent success in the Championship Grand Final."
“The Mistress Cutler and I were also delighted to be able to show the players and staff around the magnificent Cutlers Hall."
Eagles Chairman Ian Swire added, “I know the Master Cutler Neil and his wife the Mistress Cutler, Julie well and I’d personally like to thank them for hosting us and giving us a tour of the wonderful building.”
“It was also great to see the Challenge Cup back in Sheffield alongside the World Cup and our Championship Trophy.” “Winning the Championship Trophy is great for us and for the city and shows we are continuing to work hard to bring silverware and ultimately Super League back to the City of Sport.”