RLWC2013 comes to Warrington!
The stage is set for the world to see Samoa take on current champions New Zealand at the first Rugby League World Cup 2013 right here in Warrington.
The South Pacific team have arrived in the borough and will be officially welcomed at a series of events before their first game at The Halliwell Jones Stadium on Sunday 27 October. 6pm.
Sunday 20 October - Faith service and haka attempt
Warrington Wolves and local churches will team up for a Songs of Praise faith service at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.
The doors will open for members of the public at 2pm and the service to welcome the Samoan rugby team will start at 3pm. The Samoan players will be there and there will also be appearances from Wolfie and the Warrington Male Voice Choir.
Also outside the stadium in the Bevan corner at 4.30pm the Warrington Wolves Foundation and Sainsbury's will be attempting the world's largest group haka performance.
In Bridge Street, 500 dancers will be running through their final dress rehearsal for the iconic ‘Window on Warrington'; a dance piece which will be performed in the town centre on the match days.
Open Training Session
The Samoan Rugby League World Cup 2013 team will be holding an open training session at University of Chester, Padgate Campus.
The session will last for approximately 90 minutes, after which players will meet the fans and sign autographs (15 mins).
This free open training session is available for any one, of any age who is interested in watching an international team being put through their paces.
Please be aware that this open training session due to take place on Monday 21 October has now been postponed due to tournament commitments. New dates will be available shortly at www.warrington.gov.uk/rlwc2013 ‘get involved’ page.
Tuesday 22 October - Civic reception
The Samoan rugby team will be officially welcomed to Warrington at a civic reception at the Town Hall hosted by The Mayor, Cllr Peter Carey.
Sunday 27 October - Spectacular match day
Before the Samoa v New Zealand match street performers, pyrotechnics and dancers will bring Warrington town centre to life.
Members of the public are encouraged to head into Warrington early to soak up the atmosphere and make the most of the pre-match entertainment.
From 2-4pm at Queen's Gardens there will be an activity zone with rugby themed games and arts and crafts.
At 4pm at Bridge Street crowds in the town centre will be directed to Marketgate where dancers will be getting ready for the ‘Window on Warrington' dance performance.
More than 500 dancers from community groups and schools across Warrington will take part in this spectacular show with choreography that has been influenced by the heritage of Warrington and Samoa. A partnership between Culture Warrington and the Warrington Wolves Foundation, the dance will be a 40 minute performance and will travel and guide spectators down to The Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Throughout the day there will be volunteers on hand in the town centre, along key travel routes from the train stations, who will be guiding people to the stadium.
This parade is called ‘March to the Match' and along the way people will be treated to dancing and activities. Over 100 volunteers have been recruited and will be easily visible on the day.
At 6pm the Samoa and New Zealand game will kick off!
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16, Oct, 2013