Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Super League champions attend civic reception ahead of World Club Challenge

Super League champions Leeds Rhinos will attend a civic reception hosted by the Lord Mayor of Leeds on Thursday 16 February.

The Rhinos will be joined at the reception by their opponents in this Friday’s Heinz Big Soup World Club Challenge, the Manly Sea Eagles.

The Heinz Big Soup World Club Challenge is one of the showcase fixtures in the international rugby league calendar with the game taking place every year between the European Super League Champions and the Australian NRL Premiers.

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Media are invited to attend the Lord Mayor of Leeds’ civic reception for the Leeds
Rhinos and Manly Sea Eagles on Thursday 16 February at 4pm in the Banqueting Hall at Leeds Civic Hall.
Please contact the council press office on 0113 395 1578 to arrange attendance.

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Leeds Rhinos last met the Manly Sea Eagles in 2009 where the visitors took the spoils when they beat the Rhinos 28-20 at Elland Road in front of a crowd of 32,569. This year the game will be played at Headingley Carnegie Stadium in front of a capacity crowd.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Alan Taylor said:
“The Rhinos ended last season on a real high with their fantastic victory at Old Trafford in the Super League final, bringing their tally of grand final wins up to an impressive five times.

“Leeds Rhinos are a true sporting asset to our city, and it gives me great pleasure to have this opportunity to congratulate them on their success, and welcome their opponents in this week’s Heinz Big Soup World Club Challenge match – Manly Sea Eagles.

“Leeds has a tremendously strong history, tradition, and passion for rugby league, and the city’s standing in the game has recently been recognised with confirmation that we will be a host city for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

“I wish both teams the best of luck for the match on Friday.”

The Lord Mayor of Leeds will be attending the match on Friday at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

For further information please visit www.leedsrugby.com

Additional info

Headingley Carnegie Stadium will host a group match and a quarter final in the 14-nation 2013 Rugby League World Cup. The city will also be a base for two competing nations, with the John Charles Centre for Sport being used as a training base.

The city’s bid, which was submitted by Leeds City Council, in partnership with Leeds Rhinos and Marketing Leeds, was considered one of only four outstanding bids out of 34 that were submitted.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1578
Email: claire.macklam@leeds.gov.uk