History of rugby league celebrated in Leeds

Rugby League World Cup heritage month continues this week with two special events taking place at Leeds Central Library.

On Tuesday, 24 September, 6.30- 8pm, Mick Martin, the writer of the play ‘Broken time’ will be on hand to discuss the history of rugby league , the writing of the play and historic events surrounding it whilst members of the cast perform extracts from the play.

Then on Friday 27 September, 1 to 2.30pm, David Hinchcliffe will talk about his recent book ‘They walked on water’, which tells the story of the infamous Watersplash Challenge Cup Final between Leeds and Wakefield Trinity in 1968.

The events are part of a full programme of free activities taking place as part of the Rugby League World Cup Heritage Exhibition at 1st Floor, Leeds Central Library during the month of September.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive member for leisure and skills said:

"Leeds is steeped in rugby league tradition and we are extremely proud to have the honour of being a host city for the world cup tournament this year.

“These events are a must for anyone who is interested in finding out more about how rugby league became the great game it is today.”


Additional info

Rugby League World Cup 2013 kicks off on Saturday October 26, 2013 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, with matches played in England, Wales, Ireland and France. The final on Saturday November 30, 2013 will be played at Old Trafford.

Two high profile games will be played at Headingley Carnegie Stadium; a group match between New Zealand and Papua New Guinea on Friday 8 November, and Quarter Final 3 on Friday 15 November. Tickets are available from the ticket office at Headingley Carnegie Stadium and the Leeds Visitor Centre at Leeds Railway Station, the opening hours of which are Monday 10am - 5.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday 9am - 5.30pm, Sunday 10am - 4pm. For more information please visit the website www.visitleeds.co.uk, email tourinfo@leeds.gov.uk, or telephone 0113 242 5242.

Tickets can also be purchased by visiting www.rlwc2013.com or by calling the 24 hour Ticket Hotline on 0844 847 2013.

For media enquiries, please contact;

Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1578

Email: claire.macklam@leeds.gov.uk