The American National Rugby League has announced the main venue for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup Atlantic qualifier. Three of the sport’s premier teams - Jamaica, South Africa and the United States - will compete in a week-long tournament with the winner earning the final spot in the 2013 World Cup tournament. The World Cup Qualifier will take place at Campbell’s Field in Camden, NJ, on October 15th-23rd with the teams facing each other over the course of three matches. Campbell’s Field is a 6500-seat baseball stadium located directly across the Delaware River from downtown Philadelphia.
“We are excited to be able to host the Atlantic qualifier here in Philadelphia in front of some the most passionate sports fans in the country,” said David Niu, President & Founder of the AMNRL. “The matches will feature many of the game’s elite players and will give fans here in the US some great rugby league action.”
The United States, currently ranked 15th in the world, will be looking to make history by earning its first ever birth in the Rugby League World Cup. At the same time #23 South Africa and #24 Jamaica will renew their rivalry and look to dash the US dreams of securing a spot in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. “This is one of the most exciting phases in the development of our sport. These nations are trying to achieve their ultimate goal of qualifying for the World Cup and competing in what promises to be some of the best Rugby League competition we’ve ever seen,” said Niel Wood, Director of Development for the 2013 Rugby World Cup. “David Niu and his team have worked tirelessly to bring this tournament to Philadelphia and it will usher in a great era for Rugby League in the US.”
The event will look to capitalize on the momentum generated by the Donnybrook Cup, Rugby Sevens Collegiate Championship and last year’s AMNRL Grand Final and continue to establish Greater Philadelphia as a hotbed for Rugby League.
“We are thrilled that the AMNRL will be hosting the qualifying tournament in Philadelphia. It will provide fans in the US the opportunity to watch some fierce international Rugby League matches and support their national team,” said Richard Lewis, Chairman of the Rugby Football League. “We wish Jamaica, South Africa and the US the very best of luck and look forward to the winner advancing to the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.”
Tickets went on sale on August 1st and start at just $5 for children, $8 for students (with valid ID) and $10 for adults.
Ticket packages for all three games are also available. Additional information about the event can be found via the event’s Twitter feed - @RugbyWCQ
or at http://www.RugbyWCQ.com