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England to face Fiji in World Cup warm-up at Rochdale

Shaun Wane’s England aspect will face Fiji on Friday, October 15, simply eight days previous to the Rugby League World Cup opener at Newcastle’s St James’s Park, as a part of Rochdale Hornets’ a hundred and fiftieth anniversary celebrations.

The Crown Oil Enviornment final hosted a global fixture on the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, which noticed Fiji defeat Eire 32-14 in entrance of a sell-out crowd, whereas it will likely be the primary time England has featured in a sporting occasion within the city since 1930.

Rochdale Hornets was formally fashioned on April 20, 1871, and performed their first ever sport on October 7 of the identical 12 months. The Hornets take pleasure in a wealthy and incredible historical past with Fiji, the city internet hosting the second largest Fijian inhabitants within the UK outdoors of London.

England Head Coach Shaun Wane stated: “This fixture can be a significant a part of our preparations for the World Cup, and I’d prefer to thank Rochdale Hornets and the Fiji Nationwide Rugby League for making this occur. The Bati are a really gifted aspect individually and collectively, and I want them nicely at RLWC2021.” 

Rochdale’s relationship with the Pacific nation stretches again greater than 50 years after the arrival of 4 Fijian rugby gamers within the early Nineteen Sixties; Orisi Dawai and Josefa Levula turning into the primary of their countrymen to play in England and making a Rochdale legacy.

Voate Drui and Liatia Ravouvou quickly adopted within the early 60s, and the robust connection between the membership and Fiji lives on, which has additionally seen Mike Ratu senior, his son Emon – and his grandson Mike junior – all symbolize the Hornets – whereas Joe Taira is a present squad member. 

Rochdale Hornets chief government Steve Kerr added: “We’re delighted to announce our flagship occasion as a part of our a hundred and fiftieth anniversary celebrations. To welcome Fiji again to Rochdale and proceed our cultural hyperlinks with the island nation is an absolute privilege and honour. 

“Supporting Shaun Wane and his England workforce of their preparations forward of the 2021 World Cup is solely unimaginable and the icing on the cake. I’d prefer to personally thank Ralph Rimmer and the RFL, Don Natabe (Fijian CEO), the World Cup workforce and the Worldwide Rugby League for serving to to make this occasion doable. We now sit up for showcasing the sport underneath the lights on a Friday evening at a sell-out Crown Oil Enviornment.”

Resulting from present circumstances simply 2,000 tickets can be found till additional discover, so supporters are suggested to buy early to keep away from lacking out on one of many largest sporting occasions in Rochdale. 

Tickets can be found for buy on-line now at

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