Warrington ready for Samoa
By Ryan Stewart, first year Sports Journalism student, University of Chester
With today being Samoan Independence Day it seems a fitting time to look into the hospitality the town and the Wolves have offered to the country's team during Rugby League World Cup.
It was announced over a year ago that the Samoan squad and coaching staff will be stationed in Warrington throughout their pre-tournament training camp. They will train at the Wolves' top-of-the-range training facility at the University of Chester Warrington campus. To top off the stay Samoa's first match in group B will be held at The Halliwell Jones Stadium on 27th October against New Zealand. Samoa could well find themselves playing at their adopted home again in the quarter finals should they finish runners up in their group.
As this world-class event is now fast approaching it all becomes very real and to have a nation's team based within Warrington brings with it fantastic links to Rugby League in Samoa. The RLS President, Tagaloalagi Faafouina Su'a, has said: "We would like to convey a big thank you for the opportunity to have Warrington as our hosts for the upcoming Rugby League World Cup 2013. We already feel at home with the advancement of the hospitality that will be extended to us at the world event."
During the past week the RLWC trophy has been in Warrington on part of its tour of the country. Since Tuesday the trophy has visited numerous locations across the town including the university campus and today the trophy is part of celebration events in the Golden Square and Orford Jubilee Neighbourhood Hub for the fans to enjoy and remember.
Rugby League World Cup fever is no doubt starting to build within the world of the sport and - despite the Super League season now beginning to pick up pace as we reach Warrington's 17th league fixture tomorrow afternoon - it is no doubt that the upcoming tournament is still on most people's minds. Once the season is over the RLWC will begin almost immediately, meaning Rugby League fans' excitement can continue for even longer.
Buy your tickets today as Warrington prepares to host world-class Rugby League at The Halliwell Jones Stadium come October. http://www.rlwc2013.com/
01, Jun, 2013