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 group A match against Australia, whilst Wales and Scotland face Papua New Guinea and Tonga respectively in the first round of fixtures.
England are the only home nation represented in the six team women’s Rugby League World Cup, which commences on 16 November, and play group games against Papua New Guinea, Australia and the Cook Islands.
Both competitions conclude with a Rugby League World Cup final double-header in Brisbane on 2 December.
Looking ahead to the tournaments, Parliamentary Rugby League Group Chair and Member of Parliament for Bradford South, Judith Cummins MP, said “the Rugby League World Cup is a fantastic spectacle, and I am particularly pleased that the men’s and women’s competitions are running concurrently for the first time ever. I wish all teams taking part well, and hope that successful campaigns for the home nations will help to further boost the profile of our sport in the UK.”
Tabling the motion was Parliamentary Rugby League Group Secretary and Member of Parliament for St Helens South and Whiston, Marie Rimmer MP. She said “I am looking forward to the men’s and women’s Rugby League World Cups in the coming weeks, and will be following the action closely. England’s men’s and women’s teams both have a fantastic opportunity on the biggest stage of all, and I wish all involved with the squads well ahead of the tournament.”
Also supporting the motion was Member of Parliament for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, Gavin Newlands MP. He said “after some great performances in the 2016 Four Nations, I am looking forward to following the Bravehearts’ progress through the tournament. I hope that coach Steve McCormack, captain Danny Brough and the rest of the Scotland team are successful and encourage more young people in Scotland to give rugby league a try.”
Member of Parliament for Delyn, David Hanson MP, also signed the motion and added “I am delighted that the Welsh men’s national side qualified for the Rugby League World Cup and look forward to a great competition. Wales face a tough opening game against Papua New Guinea, but I’m sure that the team will perform well, and inspire the next generation of Welsh rugby league players.”
The full text of the motion is as follows:
EDM 452 – Rugby League World Cup
That this House welcomes the forthcoming Rugby League World Cup in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea; looks forward to the men’s competition which kicks off on 27 October and the women’s competition which commences on 16 November; wishes all involved with the England, Scotland and Wales men’s squads and the England women’s squad well for their respective competitions; notes that this is the first time that the men’s and women’s competitions have run side-by-side; hopes that we will see home nations represented in the Rugby League World Cup final double-header in Brisbane on 2 December; further hopes that the home nations 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; and looks forward to a fantastic spectacle of international sport.