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Parliamentary Rugby League Group hears from Northern Powerhouse Minister

The All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group yesterday (12 December) welcomed the Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, Jake Berry MP, to a meeting in the Palace of Westminster. Peers and MPs were joined by associate members in the Palace of Westminster, as the Minister made a presentation on the government’s support for rugby league through the Northern Powerhouse. The government has committed to delivering £25million in support for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, including £15million for the staging of the tournament in the Northern Powerhouse and £10million for rugby league infrastructure. The sport’s governing body in England, The Rugby Football League, is also an official partner of the Northern Powerhouse. Speaking after the meeting, All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group Chair…

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Parliament recognises England men’s Rugby League World Cup performance

Members of Parliament have recognised England men’s rugby league team’s performance in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. A motion has been tabled by All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group Secretary Marie Rimmer MP, congratulating the England team on reaching a first World Cup Final in 22 years. The motion “notes that despite a narrow 6-0 defeat in the final by Australia, the squad have done themselves and their country proud.” England will now host New Zealand for an international test series in 2018. The Rugby League World Cup returns to England in 2021, and the motion “further hopes that at the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England, the home side will be able to go one step further and…

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Parliament passes on best wishes to England for World Cup Final

Members of Parliament have wished the England men’s rugby league team well ahead of the Rugby League World Cup final on Saturday (2 December). At Prime Minister’s Questions First Secretary of State, Rt Hon. Damian Green MP, and Shadow First Secretary of State, Rt Hon. Emily Thornberry MP passed on their best wishes to the team. The exchange can be viewed here. Saturday’s game marks the first time that England has reached a Rugby League World Cup final in 22 years, and the first major final since 2011. England face Australia in Brisbane for the Paul Barriere trophy, with kick off at 0900 GMT. Speaking after Prime Minister’s Questions, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group and Member of…

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Parliamentary Rugby League Group holds annual dinner

The All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group held its annual dinner last night (20 November). The dinner was hosted by the Group’s President, Lord Hoyle, on the House of Lords terrace, and brought together Members of both Houses of Parliament, Honorary and Associate Members, Group supporters and sponsors Kingstone Press and the RFL. Speaking at the dinner Group Chair, Judith Cummins MP, said “despite this year’s general election, the Group has continued to be active in standing up for the sport, raising and challenging issues and speaking up for rugby league in Parliament at every opportunity. “The Group is thankful to associate members for their continued input, and particularly to Group sponsors Kingstone Press and The RFL for their ongoing support.…

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Parliament wishes England teams well for Rugby League World Cup finals

Members of Parliament have wished the England men’s and women’s rugby league teams well for the remainder of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. A motion has been tabled in the House of Commons by Marie Rimmer MP, congratulating the England men’s team on reaching the knockout stages, and wishing the women’s team well for the remainder of the competition. England women’s rugby league team kicked their tournament off with a 36-8 win over Papua New Guinea in Sydney yesterday (16 November). They now face Australia and the Cook Islands as they bid to win a place in the semi-finals, and then the final on 2 December in Brisbane. The men’s team are also aiming to join the women at…

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Paul Anderson to speak at Parliamentary Rugby League Group annual charity dinner

Former Great Britain and England stalwart Paul Anderson is to be the guest of honour at the Parliamentary Rugby League Group’s annual charity dinner. Over the course of a long and successful career at Leeds, Bradford and St Helens, Anderson won three Super League winners rings, three World Club Challenge titles and three Challenge Cup titles. During a fifteen-year playing career he won 10 caps for Great Britain, and 5 caps for England. On retiring, Anderson became an assistant coach at Huddersfield Giants, and was appointed Head Coach in 2012, a post which he held until 2016. In 2013, Anderson led the club to the League Leaders’ Shield, the first time Huddersfield had won the trophy in over 80 years.…

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Parliamentary Group calls for international recognition of rugby league

The UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group has called on the General Assembly for International Sports Federations (GAISF) to recognise the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) as the world governing body of rugby league. The Group has written to GAISF President, Patrick Baumann, in support of the RLIF’s application. The letter notes that the RLIF has 71 national federations as members; the copyright to the rules of rugby league, nines rugby league and wheelchair rugby league; and the trademark on the men’s and women’s Rugby League World Cups. The RLIF’s application for recognition has been repeatedly frustrated, despite being recognised as the world governing body by the World Anti-Doping Association and the Commonwealth Games Federation. Group Chair and Member of…

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Parliament looks forward to 2017 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. Yesterday (24 October) at Prime Minister’s Questions, both the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition wished all home nations well ahead of the tournament. A motion has also been tabled by Marie Rimmer MP in the House of Commons, wishing all home nations well ahead of the men’s and women’s competitions. It hopes that these teams “will be successful and build on the success of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup in the UK, to inspire young people from across the country to get involved with rugby league.” The men’s competition kicks off on 27 October with England’s…

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Parliament welcomes inaugural Women’s Super League Grand Final

The All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group has welcomed the inaugural women’s Super League Grand Final. Tomorrow (Saturday 7 October) sees two women’s rugby league finals at the Manchester Arena, ahead of the men’s Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford between Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos. The women’s Championship Final features Oulton Raidettes and Stanningley, whilst the first ever women’s Super League Grand Final is contested by Bradford Bulls and Featherstone Rovers. The women’s Super League was launched earlier this year, to bring elite teams from the women’s game together into a streamlined, professionally run competition sitting alongside the men’s Super League. As the league expands, teams will be allied to men’s Super League outfits, although players will remain amateur.…

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Parliamentary Rugby League Group honours service personnel

The All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group has laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in remembrance of those involved in rugby league who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Conducted by Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, the ceremony was held at 4pm and attended by hundreds of rugby league supporters from across the UK and beyond. Joining Group Chair Judith Cummins MP and Great Britain Armed Forces Rugby League were representatives of the RFL and the Royal British Legion. Challenge Cup Finalists Wigan Warriors and Hull FC were represented by Ian Lenagan, Shaun Wane and Sean O’Loughlin and Adam Pearson, Feka Paleaaesina and Motu Tony respectively. The ceremony was restored as part of Challenge Cup Final weekend tradition in 2014,…

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