Rugby League World Cup 2013 Comes to Town
The 14th Rugby League World Cup kicked off on the 26 October with high hopes of the home nations to do well, England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland will aim to end 38 years of southern hemisphere dominance.
The 14-team tournament sees 28 matches across England, Wales, Ireland and France.
Scotland, Wales and Ireland are considered rank outsiders to become the first northern hemisphere winners since a unified Great Britain team triumphed in 1972.
“The World Cup is a wonderful opportunity to reach out to new audiences who want to be involved in the next major international sporting event after London 2012,” said tournament director Nigel Wood.
Rugby League and Ex England player Ikram Butt believes that England can go all the way to the final and win the World Cup. “The Southern Hemisphere teams will no doubt take some beating, however, England have selected a very solid pack and playing on home soil should work towards our advantage’ I know we haven’t started off well but we will get better”
Sonny Bill Williams
The biggest name in rugby union and league is New Zealand second-rower and devoted Muslim Sonny Bill Williams and with just his name being mentioned with RLWC 2013 would have tickets being sold out.
Williams helped Sydney Roosters win the National Rugby League (NRL) title in his first season back in league after completing a five-year ban for walking out on Canterbury Bulldogs.
In his time away, the 28-year-old played union in France, Japan and his native New Zealand, as well as helping the All Blacks win the World Cup in 2011.
Now, the man who is also New Zealand’s heavyweight boxing champion (six wins from six fights) has the chance to fill the only gap on his CV, having missed out when the Kiwis triumphed in 2008.
The tournament will run until 30th November 2013 and you can catch up with all the action and on our facebook page /pimedia and on twitter @pimedianews