- Master craftsmen at Thomas Fattorini commissioned to create a replica cockerel which has been missing from Paul Barrière cup since 1968
- Trophy was famously stolen in 1970, and found in 1990
- A new addition – a GPS device – will allow the cup to be tracked at all times by security and fans alike
Spain head coach Darren Fisher has named his 22-man squad for the European Championship B clashes with Russia and Serbia, which double up as qualifiers for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England.
Serbia has replaced Russia in group two of the final European World Cup qualifiers, after the Russians were withdrawn.
Germany have included 15 players from their domestic league in their 19-man squad ahead of the 2021 World Cup Qualifier with the Czech Republic in Osnabruck tomorrow (Saturday), as part of European Championship C – North. The visitor’s win in their opening match against Norway means they can ensure passage to face the winners of the Southern section.
Match Officials from nine European nations will take charge of the six final European World Cup qualification games that begin this weekend, with representation from England, Scotland, France, Spain, Czech Republic, Italy, Ukraine, Serbia and Ireland.
Hosts USA and Chile, the first South American nation to take part in the Americas Championship, have named 19-man squads for their clash at the University of North Florida Stadium, Jacksonville tomorrow (Tuesday, kick off 7pm).
Preparations are in hand as the Czech Republic and Norway look to kick off the 2021WC Qualifiers in Vrchlabi, on 16 June.