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Associations Cups introduced to Rugby League calendar

9th of May 2014
Associations Cups introduced to Rugby League calendar

Two new competitions have been launched by the RFL in preparation for the next Festival of World Cups...

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Two new competitions have been launched by the RFL in preparation for the next Festival of World Cups.


The Associations Cups, which kick-off tomorrow at RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire and run in parallel until July, will each include four teams and have been designed to better prepare the participating sides for the next Festival of World Cups.


Men’s and women’s tournaments have been created, with the former being made up of representative sides from Great Britain Armed Forces, Great Britain Police, Great Britain Teachers and Great Britain Students.


The men’s competition will offer an intensive programme of high-quality fixtures for each side, and the matches will also be viewed by English Lions selectors as another method of player selection.


The women’s tournament will be made up of the Great Britain Armed Forces, Great Britain Teachers, England Students and The Lionesses. Players who do not qualify for the first three sides will make up the side which represents The Lionesses.


Similar to the men’s competition, the women’s tournament will also act as a selection process for the England Women’s team.


The first game of the series kicks of tomorrow afternoon, Saturday May 10 (2.00pm), between Great Britain Armed Forces and Great Britain Police in the men’s competition at RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire.


The RFL Association Cup fixtures for 2014 are as follows:


Saturday May 10
Great Britain Armed Forces (men) v Great Britain Police (men), RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire (2.00pm)


Wednesday June 4
Great Britain Students (men) v Great Britain Police (men), Stanningley RLFC (6.00pm)
Great Britain Teachers (men) v Great Britain Armed Forces (men), Stanningley RLFC (8.00pm)

Sunday June 8
England Students (women) v The Lionesses (women), Rochdale Mayfield (1.00pm)
Great Britain Teachers (women) v Great Britain Armed Forces (women), Rochdale Mayfield (3.00pm)

Saturday June 21
Great Britain Students (men) v Great Britain Teachers (men), Select Security Stadium, Widnes (12.00pm)
England Students (women) v Great Britain Teachers (women), Select Security Stadium, Widnes (2.00pm)
Great Britain Armed Forces (women) v The Lionesses (women), Select Security Stadium, Widnes (4.00pm)

Thursday July 17
Great Britain Students (men) v Great Britain Armed Forces (men), Select Security Stadium, Widnes (6.00pm)
Great Britain Teachers (men) v Great Britain Police (men), Select Security Stadium, Widnes (8.00pm)

Sunday July 20
England Students (women) v Great Britain Armed Forces (women) (Pankhurst Cup), Stanningley RLFC (1.00pm)
Women – Great Britain Teachers (women) v The Lionesses (women), Stanningley RLFC (3.00pm)

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