Rugby League World Cup trophy coming to Bridlington

Rugby League World Cup
Rugby League World Cup

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has announced that the Rugby League World Cup Trophy is coming to Bridlington.

The famous trophy is currently touring the UK in the build-up to Rugby League World Cup 2013, which takes place in England and Wales from October 28 to November 30.

The trophy will be on display at Queensgate Park in Bridlington on Monday 12 August between 11.00am and 3.00pm.

It will appear as part of the ‘Have a Field Day’ community event, which offers families the opportunity to take part in a range of activities including cricket, arts and crafts, archery, cheerleading, tennis, circus skills and much more.

This will be an opportunity for rugby enthusiasts and sports fans across the East Riding to see the trophy, which has a fascinating past.

The World Cup trophy was commissioned by the French Fédération Française de Rugby at a cost of eight million francs and donated to the International Rugby League Board to be used for the inaugural competition in 1954 and the next four tournaments.

While competing in the 1970 tournament, the reigning champions, Australia, put the trophy on display at a hotel in Bradford.

The trophy was stolen six days before the final and remained unseen for the next 20 years.

In 1990, a Bradford resident found the trophy amongst rubbish dumped in a ditch near the Bradford and Bingley Rugby League Club, in Bingley, and returned it to Rugby Football League officials to much fanfare.

With less than 80 days to go to the event, Rugby League World Cup 2013 excitement comes to East Yorkshire this autumn when three tournament matches will be played in Hull.

Craven Park will host two matches: Papua New Guinea’s Group B fixtures against France on Sunday 27 October and Samoa on Monday 4 November.

KC Stadium will be the setting for England’s bout against Fiji on Saturday 9 November.

For information about tickets and the tournament, visit www.rlwc2013.com/world_cup