Parliamentary Rugby League Group praises Four Nations Remembrance
The UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League has reiterated its support for international rugby league teams wearing poppies on Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday during the final league round of the Four Nations.
Scotland take on New Zealand on Armistice Day at Workington and England face Australia at the Olympic Stadium on Remembrance Sunday. Both matches will allow players and fans the opportunity to recognise and reflect on the profound courage of those who gave their lives, and to show gratitude for their sacrifice.
Group Chairman, Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland, spoke last week when it was announced by FIFA that international football sides may not wear poppies as a mark of remembrance. He said “I am pleased that the Rugby Football League and Rugby League International Federation have agreed teams will be able to wear poppies on their kit in the forthcoming Four Nations matches. Rugby league remembers those who gave so much for the country and for us, and through this small gesture, we recognise and reflect on their profound courage.”
Member of Parliament for Chorley and Group Vice-Chairman, Rt. Hon. Lindsay Hoyle, added “the rugby league family, like any family, does not forget those who we have lost, and I am glad that players and fans will be able to demonstrate their appreciation for those who have served, and all those in active service today. This will be a fitting tribute to those who have done so much for the country and for us all. Rugby League also salutes the English and Scottish FA for supporting players who wish to show their respect by wearing a poppy.”
Group Vice-Chairman, Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney, said “it is only right that rugby league family pauses to reflect and give thanks to those who have served. The international sporting stage provides an opportunity to spread this message of peace and remembrance.