The schedule for the 2013 Student Rugby League World Cup has been finalised following last monthâ€™s pool draw which saw Australia, New Zealand, Scotland and Russia drawn in Group A with England, Wales, Ireland and South Africa competing in Group B.
Each nation will play the teams in their pool once, with the top two in each pool progressing to the semi-finals, whilst the third and fourth placed teams will take part in a final grading game after the group stages.
The tournament opens on Thursday July 4 with the Group A games taking place at the Provident Stadium, home of Bradford Bulls whilst Group B games will take place at Batley Bulldogsâ€™ LoveRugbyLeague.com Stadium. The focus then moves to South Leeds Stadium, where Hunslet Hawks will host the Student Rugby League World Cup Super Sunday with all four games from Group A and Group B being played at the stadium.
The group games conclude on Wednesday July 10 with the final round of Group A fixtures taking place at Dewsbury Ramsâ€™ Tetleyâ€™s Stadium and Group B ties at Featherstone Roversâ€™ Bigfellaâ€™s Stadium.
The semi-finals will take place at the Kirklees venues of Batley and Dewsbury on Friday July 12 and will be preceded by a grading game at each.
Featherstone Rovers Chief Executive Craig Poskitt is delighted with his club being chosen as one of the hosts. â€œFeatherstone Rovers host a number of Community Rugby League events throughout the year and it is an honour for us to be able to add the Festival of World Cups to that list,â€ he said.
â€œThe Festival of World Cups has given us, and our colleagues at other clubs who are not hosting Rugby League World Cup 2013 matches, the opportunity to host international games this season and be part of the wider celebrations in World Cup year, with all the redevelopments happening at the stadium we see this as a great stepping stone for future full internationals to be held at Featherstone Roversâ€
The Student Rugby League World Cup Final will take place at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, home of the Leeds Rhinos and the venue for the Student Rugby League Grand Final for the last three seasons, as part of the Festival of World Cups Finals day which also features the Police and Womenâ€™s World Cup Finals. Tickets went on sale for the Finals day earlier this month and can be purchased on line at https://www.eticketing.co.uk/rle/default.aspx or by calling 0844 477 7113
Ticketing details will be announced shortly by host venues for group stage games and semi-finals.
Team South Africa
South African Rugby League is sending a strong team to compete in the Student Rugby League World Cup, even with no official recognition from SASCOC. The sport is still an amateur sport in South Africa, and because SASCOC has been refusing to acknowledge rugby league as a sport, the team is in effect a â€œRebel Teamâ€. This has made it difficult for the team to obtain funding and sponsorships, forcing them to relay in their own finances to compete in the World Cup. Kobus Botha, President of SARL, said that â€œthe team is probably one of the best teams South Africa have send overseas, and this is a testament to the hard work and dedication put in by the coaching team and the players. Their commitment is fantastic and we are looking forward to some strong performancesâ€.
Student Rugby League World Cup Fixtures
Thursday 4th July â€“ Provident Stadium, Bradford
6pm New Zealand v Russia
8pm Scotland v Australia
Thursday 4th July â€“ LoveRugbyLeague.com Stadium, Batley
6pm Wales v South Africa
8pm England v Ireland
Sunday 7th July â€“ South Leeds Stadium, Leeds
12pm Scotland v Russia
2pm Australia v New Zealand
4.30pm South Africa v Ireland
6.30pm England v Wales
Wednesday 10th July â€“ Tetleyâ€™s Stadium, Dewsburyâ€¨6pm Scotland v New Zealand
8pm Australia v Russia
Wednesday 10th July â€“ Bigfellaâ€™s Stadium, Featherstone
6pm Wales v Ireland
8pm England v South Africa
Friday 12th July â€“ LoveRugbyLeague.com Stadium, Batleyâ€¨
6pm 3rd Place Group A v 3rd Place Group B
8pm 1stGroup A v 2ndGroup B
Friday 12th July â€“ Tetleyâ€™s Stadium, Dewsburyâ€¨
6pm 4th Place Group A v 4th Place Group B
8pm 1st Group B v 2nd Group A
Sunday 14th July â€“ Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leedsâ€¨
4pm â€“ Student Rugby League World Cup Final