On the eve of the biggest fixture in Rugby League, the Tetley’s Challenge Cup final between Wigan and Hull, the countdown to the Rugby League World Cup 2013 got under way in London’s Trafalgar Square.
Rugby League fans were invited down for a chance to pose next to the Rugby League World Cup trophy, meet England coach Steve McNamara, England captain Kevin Sinfield and Rugby League legend Martin Offiah.
All three also conducted a coaching session with local London borough schoolchildren.
The historic square was filled with giant inflatable rugby training kit – which attendees could try for themselves – and a pop-up rugby pitch, which hosted an exhibition match by the England Wheelchair Rugby League squad – a sport that is much tougher than you might think.
RLWC2013 General Manager, Sally Bolton, said of the event: “We’re delighted to be bringing this Rugby League showcase to such an iconic location right in the centre of the capital where we can capture not just the attention of the London public but indeed of a wider international audience ahead of Rugby League World Cup 2013.
“As well as the London audience we also hope Rugby League fans from across the country, who will be making the journey to the capital for one of sport’s most prestigious and exciting events, will also want to come along and be part of a celebration of Rugby League on the day before the Challenge Cup final.”
The main event itself kicks off in just over two months, with the opening game between current holders Australia and join host nation England at the Millenium Stadium, Cardiff on October 26.