Under-16s go free for England warm-up game
Children will be admitted free to England’s international friendly versus Italy at Salford City Stadium on Saturday October 19 (4.30pm) when the sides meet in their final warm-up match before Rugby League World Cup 2013.
As part of a partnership with Salford-based social landlord City West Housing Trust, under-16s will also be able to watch for free the England Knights versus Samoa friendly (2.00pm), which takes place beforehand at the same venue, as part of an international double-header.
This will be the first chance to see England’s World Cup squad in action, which includes, alongside Super League’s best players, England’s top talent from overseas, like Burgess brothers, George, Sam and Tom (South Sydney Rabbitohs), James Graham (Canterbury Bulldogs) and Gareth Widdop (Melbourne Storm).
There will also be extra local interest in the first appearance on their new home ground of recent Salford Red Devils signings Rangi Chase and Gareth Hock, who are also both in the England squad.
As a warm-up match ahead of Rugby League World Cup 2013, multiple interchanges will be allowed which will enable both coaches to involve all their eligible squad members in the fixture.
“The match against Italy is an important part of our preparations ahead of Rugby League World Cup 2013 and I know all the players are looking forward to their first match on home soil since the squad was announced,” said England coach Steve McNamara from England’s training camp in Potchefstroom, South Africa.
In partnership with Salford-based social landlord City West Housing Trust, children aged 16 and under accompanied by an adult can attend England v Italy (4.30pm) and England Knights v Samoa (2.00pm) for free on Saturday 19 October at Salford City Stadium. Adult tickets cost £15 and £5 for concessions. To take advantage of the kids go free offer and to purchase tickets call 0844 856 1113 or visit www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk for further information.
Martyn Hague, Head of Communities and Neighbourhoods at City West, said: “This is a great opportunity to see the players in action before the Rugby League World Cup and we are delighted that families and young people in our communities have the chance to take up this fantastic offer.”
Tickets for the opening ceremony of RLWC2013 at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, featuring England v Australia (2.30pm) and Wales v Italy (4.30pm) cost from just £20 for adults and £10 for concessions. To purchase please visit www.rlwc2013.com/tickets or call the 24-hour Ticket Hotline on 0844 847 2013