Armed Forces Rugby League World Cup fixtures announced
The fixture schedule has been announced for the Armed Forces Rugby League World Cup, which will take place in its entirety at Colchester Garrison, in Essex.
The tournament sees host nation and World Champions Great Britain face Australia, New Zealand, and Serbia in a mini league format, feeding two semi-finals and subsequently the World Cup Final on July 13.
The World Cup features as the centrepiece of the 16 Air Assault Brigade and Colchester Garrison Show on Saturday July 6, when the Great Britain v Australia match will take place during a showcase of the equipment and skills of 16 Air Assault Brigade, which is the British Army’s rapid reaction force. As well as flypasts by military jets and helicopters, the Parachute Regiment's Red Devils freefall display team will be dropping in with the match ball.
The tournament final is held a week later on Saturday July 13, and will be preceded by fly-past from the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
Colonel Andrew Jackson, Deputy Commander of 16 Air Assault Brigade, said: "We look forward to welcoming fellow soldiers and sportsmen from across the world to Colchester for the Armed Forces Rugby League World Cup.
"Sport is an integral part of Forces life and teaches our servicemen important lessons about competiveness, teamwork, courage and self-discipline. We hope that hosting an international sporting competition will inspire our servicemen to achieve their best at whatever their sport is, and develop valuable military skills at the same time.
"We would also welcome the public to join us for the two showpiece games, with the opportunity to both watch sport at its best and enjoy a wider military spectacle on both days."
Although the Great Britain Armed Forces Rugby League team has been preparing intensely to defend its title, the tournament organisers are keen that the World Cup also gives a once in a generation opportunity to raise the profile and broaden participation of Rugby League across all three of our own Armed Forces.
Air Commodore Dean Andrew, Chairman of Armed Forces Rugby League commented: “Rugby League has become the team sport of choice in the UK military. It embodies all the attributes that we look for in our own Servicemen; physical fitness, pride, dedication and respect for officials and opponents alike.
“Matches between the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force have become some of the most fiercely contested and passionate events in the annual sporting calendar and are eagerly awaited. The World Cup promises the same but at an international level.”
The full fixture list for the Armed Forces Rugby League World Cup is as follows:
Sunday 30th June
2.30pm Great Britain v New Zealand
5.30pm Australia v Serbia
Wednesday 3rd July
3.30pm Great Britain v Serbia
6.30pm Australia v New Zealand
Saturday 6th July
11.00am New Zealand v Serbia
1.30pm Great Britain v Australia
Wednesday 10th July
4.00pm Semi Final 1 1st Place v 4th Place
7.00pm Semi Final 2 – 2nd Place v 3rd Place
Saturday 13th July
2.00pm Armed Forces World Cup Final
The public are welcome to attend all matches. Fixtures on 30 June, 3 July and 10 July will take place on pitches at the Budd VC Gymnasium on Berechurch Road, with matches on 6 July and 13 July played at the Garrison B Ground on Circular Road North.