The USA and South African national teams have arrived in Philadelphia and jumped straight into preparing for the first game of the Atlantic Region, Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers at Campbell's Field. The coaching staff of each team put the players through their paces on a damp Wednesday that would no doubt knock off some of the travel rust likely to effect each squad over the next few days. Whilst overcast skies greeted both teams, the forecast for the weekend is clear and sunny skies which should encourage a big crowd to come and cheer on the local Americans and also check out the South African Rhino's on their first ever match on US soil.
Team preparations are not the only plans on the agenda as both squads will be busy promoting the tournament and visiting with City Officials tomorrow at City Hall when Philadelphia welcomes Jamaica, South Africa, and United States Rugby League Teams for the Rugby League World Cup Qualifier. To kick-off the Atlantic Qualifier, City Councilman Jim Kenney will host the South African and U.S. teams at City Hall, 10:00 am in Room 400 – Main Council Chambers. There will be photo opportunities. The team captains will be presented with replica Liberty Bells as a welcome to the city and the teams will exchange commemorative jerseys.
Friday practice will also be interrupted by a Press Conference at 1pm at Paddy Whack's Irish Pub on 2nd and South Street in Philadelphia.
Get ticket information and tournament news at www.amnrl.com and www.rugbywcq.com
USA v South Africa
Saturday, October 15 at 3pm
Campbell's Field, Camden NJ