Faisal Rashid, MP for Warrington South, has welcomed the news that the Halliwell Jones Stadium will host three men’s group games at the 2021 Rugby League World Cup and the entire Physical Disability League World Cup.
Faisal had backed Warrington’s bid to host part of the Rugby League World Cup 2021 in Warrington. In his letter of support, he said that Warrington had long established itself as a deeply passionate Rugby League town with a genuine appreciation for the sport. And he said that the town’s long and successful legacy as the home of the Warrington Wolves included a fantastic local support base at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
It has now been announced that Warrington’s bid to bring the international tournament to the town has been successful. Three of the men’s group games are due to be played at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, and the town will also host the entire Physical Disability League World Cup.
Physical Disability Rugby League is a modified version of the game which involves both full contact and touch tackle options, to allow all players who have physical disabilities to participate.
The 2021 Rugby League World Cup is set to be the most inclusive rugby league event ever, with the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments to be played concurrently for the first time. Another UK first will see the women’s and men’s finals take place as a double header at Old Trafford, and further west, Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena Liverpool will host the wheelchair final.
Faisal Rashid MP said:
“I am absolutely delighted to hear that Warrington has been successful in its bid to part host the 2021 Rugby League World Cup and to host the Physical Disability League World Cup. I backed the town’s bid for the games and I am thrilled that we are being given the fantastic opportunity not only to host three of the men’s group games at the Rugby League World Cup, but to also host all of the games in the Physical Disability League World Cup. Warrington has played a key role in raising awareness and developing the launch and growth of the Physical Disability Rugby League – the very first match was held in Warrington and attracted over 1,000 spectators –another fantastic addition to Warrington’s rugby legacy.
“Congratulations to everyone who was involved in the bid. This is very exciting news for our town. It brings a wealth of opportunities and gives us a chance to showcase Warrington on the international stage.
“Rugby League is a tremendous sport and it deserves the increasing recognition it is getting. I am incredibly proud of Warrington’s legacy as a Rugby League town and I know that Warrington will prove to be an excellent host for the games.”