11th November 2019, 10:25 | englandrl
England Women’s Rugby League team paid their respects to fallen heroes who sadly lost their lives in battle at a poignant remembrance service at Port Moresby Remembrance Park.
The remembrance service was attended by Governor General of Papua New Guinea, Sir Bob Dadae, as well as dignitaries from Australia, New Zealand, France, the United States of America and Great Britain.
The service marked 101 years since hostilities ceased at the end of World War I and Head Coach Craig Richards and Captain Emily Rudge laid a wreath on behalf of England Women.
Richards commented: “As a group, we felt it was important to pay our respects to all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in conflict.
“I was extremely proud to lay a wreath – alongside our captain – on behalf of England Rugby League while standing united with other countries who were present at the service.”
Tara-Jane Stanley – who is Vice Captain for the tour of Papua New Guinea – added: “It was a huge honour for all the girls to represent England Women at the remembrance service.
“We represent our country on the field, but it is important we also represent our country off the field at events such as this, particularly with Remembrance Day meaning so much to a number of girls in the squad.”
The new Port Moresby Remembrance Park was constructed along Ela Beach in 2005 bringing together WWI Memorial Gate and WWI memorial from Ela Beach, bronze plaques from the WWII Papua and New Guinea Carrier memorial and a new bronze memorial to Papua and New Guinea WWII carriers.
England Women will conclude their two-game tour of Papua New Guinea on Saturday as they face the Orchids in Port Moresby in the first of a double-header which also sees Great Britain Rugby League face the Kumuls.