22nd January 2020, 15:05 | set_of_six
Last Thursday, the Rugby League world were glued to the Rugby League World Cup 2021 and Royal Family’s social media pages as the draws for the Men’s, Women’s and Wheelchair tournaments at RLWC2021 were conducted by HRH, The Duke of Sussex, Katherine Grainger DBE and Jason Robinson OBE at Buckingham Palace.
The draw saw England Men pitted against Samoa, France and World Cup debutants Greece. They will begin their World Cup campaign at St James’ Park against the Samoans on 23rd October.
England Women will also face a World Cup debutant in the form of Brazil in their opening fixture on 9th November at Emerald Headingley Stadium. Craig Richards’ side will also face Papua New Guinea and Canada in Group A of the Women’s tournament.
England Wheelchair will open their World Cup against Australia on 11th November at the Copper Box Arena before going on to face Spain and Norway in Group A.
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There were more Testimonial fixtures this weekend with Liam Farrell, Michael Shenton and Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook all being celebrated.
Unfortunately, for Farrell and Shenton their respective sides fell to defeat while McCarthy-Scarsbrook’s St Helens earned a comfortable 36-6 win over London Broncos; the club at which LMS began his career.
Farrell debuted for Wigan Warriors back in 2010 and has gone on to make almost 250 appearances for the Cherry and Whites. He has won the Betfred Super League on four occasions, the Coral Challenge Cup twice and has represented England 12 times.
Shenton has spent the large majority of his playing career with hometown club Castleford Tigers after debuting back in 2004. The centre has appeared for the Tigers on over 300 occasions and led the side out at both the 2014 Coral Challenge Cup Final and 2017 Betfred Super League Grand Final. The 33-year-old represented England on 10 occasions, scoring three tries.
McCarthy-Scarsbrook signed for St Helens from London Broncos – then known as Harlequins – back in 2011 and has made almost 300 appearances for the club. LMS has won the Betfred Super League Grand Final on two occasions with Saints; most recently in 2019 against Salford Red Devils. He has also represented both England and Ireland on the international stage.
This past weekend saw London Skolars host the annual Capital Challenge against Betfred Super League side Wigan Warriors.
Despite falling to a 6-70 defeat, the event at Honourable Artillery Company was one to be celebrated with a number of guests in attendance including Leeds Rhinos legend Barrie McDermott and Rugby League World Cup 2021 Chief Executive Jon Dutton.
In addition, the fixture saw brothers pitted against each other as Kai Pearce-Paul and Kameron Pearce-Paul going head-to-head. Luckily, they were still finds afterwards posing for a picture for Wigan Warriors’ social media channels.
Rugby League has seen brothers, cousins and even parents and children play for the same side, but this season the Betfred Women’s Super League will see a married couple play for the same team.
Ahead of the opening game of the 2019 Betfred Women’s Super League season, a lot was made of Gemma Walsh and Emily Rudge going against each other as opponents, but one year on they could be lining up side-by-side to face 2019 Grand Finalists Castleford Tigers.
✍️ Former @WiganWarriorsRL captain @GWalshy has joined Wife and @England_RL captain @EmRudge at local rivals @Saints1890 ahead of the 2020 @Betfred Women's Super League season!— Rugby Football League (@TheRFL) January 17, 2020
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The pair represented England together as recently as 2013, however this season will see them play alongside each other as a married couple for the first time. Incidentally, Walsh captained her country between 2008 and 2010, a role which has now been occupied by Rudge since 2018.
This weekend the Coral Challenge Cup returns for Round Two with 22 community and representative sides battling it out for the possibility of facing a League 1 opponent in the next round.
Two games will be broadcast live this weekend with two of the most successful amateur clubs – Wigan St Patricks and West Hull – going head-to-head on Saturday afternoon live on BBC Online.
While, on Sunday, Midlands champions Sherwood Wolf Hunt will welcome the visit of Bradford’s West Bowling in a match-up only the Coral Challenge Cup could offer live in front of the Our League cameras. To watch this game at 1:30pm on Sunday, sign-up to Our League here.
For full details of the Round Two draw, click here.
Hull Kingston Rovers prop-forward Mose Masoe took to social media earlier this week for the first time since suffering a career-ending injury against Wakefield a fortnight ago.
Masoe said: “Week one done – I would be lying if I said it wasn’t tough, but I’m truly humbled and grateful for all the support from the Hull KR family from the supporters, club staff and my brothers as well as the rugby league community around the world as a whole.
“I can’t begin to express my love and gratitude to everyone that has been helping me and my family at such a hard time we truly are surrounded by amazing people and family.
“Everyone has their own battles that they are fighting themselves and this has become my new battle for now. It’s going to be a long road ahead for me and my little family, but it makes it easier for us knowing that we are so blessed with all of your support and well wishes.
“The way I’m going to attack this is with a positive attitude and a big smile on my face. Business as usual.”
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