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Rugby League to be celebrated with Wembley statue

Post Thu Oct 13, 2011 2:11 pm
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Rugby League’s historic role in the rich and colourful story of Wembley is to be recognised by the unveiling of a new statue at the national stadium.

Following discussions with Wembley Stadium, the RFL’s Chief Executive Nigel Wood has secured agreement for the sport to be commemorated at a venue which hosted its first Rugby League match 82 years ago.

Rugby League will return to Wembley in three weeks’ time on Saturday November 5, when the stadium hosts a Gillette Four Nations double header, Wales v New Zealand and England v Australia, and Wood believes the timing of the agreement could not be better.

“It’s terrific news for the sport that our association with one of the world’s greatest sports venues is to be acknowledged in this way,” said Wood.

“Wembley has been synonymous with Rugby League since the stadium hosted the Challenge Cup final for the first time in 1929 and since then its famous hallowed turf has been graced by some of Rugby League’s greatest individuals and teams.

“Millions of people have wonderful memories of Rugby League at Wembley and I am sure that many of them will have a view on who should be the subject of this historic statue.

“Our plans are at a very early stage but we intend to consult with all our stakeholders, including the public, before deciding how we commemorate the very special relationship between Rugby League and Wembley.”

Wembley Stadium’s Managing Director Roger Maslin said: “We are very proud that Wembley is to have a new statue to celebrate the bond that has always existed between Rugby League and the national stadium.

“Our statue of England football great Bobby Moore is cherished by fans of football the country wide.

“We hope that fans of Rugby League will be thrilled that their sport is to be honoured in this way at a stadium that has witnessed so many special Rugby League memories.

“We are fully in support of the RFL’s decision to invite fans of Rugby League to have their say in who from their sport should be remembered in this very poignant way at Wembley.”

Further details of how fans can become involved in the process to identify a subject for the commemorative statue will be released in the coming weeks.

Tickets for the Gillette Four Nations double header, Wales v New Zealand (1.00pm) and England v Australia (3.30pm) at Wembley Stadium on Saturday November 5 cost £25 for adults, and £10 concessions. A family ticket giving entry to two adults and two children are available for just £55. To purchase your ticket for this historic double header call 0844 856 113 or visit www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk
Post Thu Oct 13, 2011 3:11 pm
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Whilst I think its great that the sport will be recognised with a statue at Wembley my main thought is...

Post Tue Nov 01, 2011 6:19 pm
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Really dont agree with any one player being raised above all the rest in this way , after all so many greats have played this great game over the last hundred years or so and not one of the took to the field alone .
Something iconic of the sport would be more fitting to be raised so every fan of every club can look at it and know there team had a part in it .

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