The Rugby League World Cup trophy came to Doncaster Deaf Trust today.

It is now just 200 days until the rearranged 2021 Rugby League World Cup kicks off in October 2022 and Doncaster Deaf Trust welcomed the World Cup Organisers and trophy.

As part of a 567 mile tour of participating venues, Rugby League World Cup organisers brought the distinctive ‘Paul Barrière Trophy’ to the Trust where pupils and students had their photo taken with the sport's most prestigious prize.

The event highlighted The Rugby League World Cup that kicks off in October and November and, for the first time in history, the men's, women's and wheelchair tournaments will take place together.

Doncaster's Eco-Power Stadium will host three men's group games. These are:

  • Monday 17 October: France v Greece
  • Sunday 23 October: Samoa v Greece
  • Monday 31 October: Papua New Guinea v Wales

The town will also be a team base for Samoa's men’s team.

All 61 matches will be played at venues across England between October 15 and 19 November 19.

Alexis Johnson, executive principal of Doncaster Deaf Trust, said: "It was fantastic to welcome the Rugby League World Cup trophy to Doncaster Deaf Trust today.

"Events like the Rugby World Cup have the power to have a really positive impact on a community and its young people, and we're so happy to promote the World Cup and the role Doncaster will play."

Carl Hall, CEO Doncaster Rugby League Club and also part of Doncaster’s Bid Team, said: “It’s been a fantastic day.

"The tournament is getting ever closer and we are continuing our plans on raising the awareness locally to Doncaster residents. Work is continuing in our local Primary Schools as part of the RLWC2021 Legacy program and giving young people an opportunity to play the game of Rugby League locally.

“We had the exciting announcement last week that the England Band will be playing live at all of our three Rugby league World Cup 2021 fixtures and the Eco Power Stadium, which will further enhance the experience of spectators attending our games. This further shows our bid team’s commitment on delivering a world class event and experience for everyone get involved in and to enjoy."

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