The USA Tomahawks will enter the DonnyBrook Cup against the Ireland Wolfhounds Saturday determined to build upon where they left off at the backend of last year, as they qualified for their first ever Rugby League World Cup.
Tomahawks captain Apple Pope addressed the issue of the importance of building upon the solid foundation already set. “Developing our team strategies, and building upon the organization” will be one goal the team will look to accomplish Pope told a press conference at Harrah’s Casino in Chester, PA.
The Wolfhounds - under the guidance of newly appointed head coach and former international Gerard Corcoran - are looking forward to a tough encounter with the Tomahawks, welcoming suggestions the opening 20 minutes could bring about some tough physical encounters.
Playing in unseasonably warm weather conditions in Philadelphia, Corcoran brushed aside suggestions their strategy will be impacted. “We’re certainly not used to this type of weather back home, but our game plan is pretty much set for the year.”
A huge day of Rugby is planned at Widener University in Chester, PA, on Saturday with three games of rugby taking place - the first beginning at 10am ET and the DonnyBrook Cup kicking off at 1pm ET.
Saturday’s clash will be the eighth matchup between the two teams with the Wolfhounds looking to square the series which currently stands at 4-3 to the Tomahawks. On the back of a 28-6 defeat last year, the USA is determined to retain the prestigious trophy.
AMNRL CEO David Niu addressed both teams during the press conference thanking them for their efforts in not only developing the game of Rugby League in their own countries, but for making the DonnyBrook Cup such an exciting an event on the American National Rugby League calendar.