Parliament looks forward to Four Nations
Members of Parliament are looking forward to the forthcoming Four Nations tournament featuring England, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia.
A motion has been tabled in the House of Commons, welcoming the visiting New Zealand and Australia sides to the UK. It wishes all involved well for the series, but “hopes that England and Scotland can gain victories over their opponents, to ensure that the Four Nations trophy remains in the UK.”
Games will be played in Hull, Huddersfield, Coventry, Workington and London, before the Four Nations Final is held in Liverpool on 20 November. The series is the last major international rugby league tournament before the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, which will be jointly hosted by Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
Tabling the motion, Chair of the Parliamentary Rugby League Group and Leeds North West MP, Greg Mulholland, said “after another excellent domestic season for rugby league in the UK, I am looking forward to a fantastic Four Nations. This is the first time that the UK has hosted the tournament since 2011, and provides an excellent opportunity for all sides to build for the 2017 World Cup. I hope that both home nations have a successful tournament, which will provide another great advert for international rugby league.”
Also supporting the motion was Member of Parliament for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, Gavin Newlands. He said “I am looking forward to the Four Nations tournament, and particularly Scotland’s game against England in Coventry. I hope that the tournament will inspire young people across the UK, and especially in Scotland, to give rugby league a try, get active, and enjoy recreational and competitive sport.”
The full text of the motion is as follows.
Early day motion 589: FOUR NATIONS RUGBY LEAGUE
That this House welcomes the Four Nations rugby league tournament between England, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia; further welcomes the players and staff of the visiting New Zealand and Australian rugby league teams to the UK for the tournament; wishes all involved well in what will be an outstanding tournament of international rugby league; notes that this will be the last major international rugby league tournament before the 2017 Rugby League World Cup; looks forward to the games taking place in Hull, Huddersfield, Coventry, Workington, London and Liverpool; and wishes all teams good luck, but hopes that England and Scotland can gain victories over their opponents, to ensure that the Four Nations trophy remains in the UK.