Plans are firming up for Rugby League’s Remembrance Cup tournament in Las Vegas in November.
The Remembrance Cup was first played in 2004 in Philadelphia between the Coogee Dolphins RLC from Sydney, Australia and the then American National Rugby League champion Glen Mills Bulls. Coogee holds the Cup having won the match 42-10.
The game also served as the curtain raiser for the Liberty Bell Cup between the USA Tomahawks and Australia.
The Remembrance Cup was originally played to remember six Dolphins players who were lost in the Bali terrorist bombings in 2002 in Indonesia and friends and family killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States.
AMNRL West Development Manager Col Manners, is a former Dolphins player having toured with the squad in 2004 then relocating to the US to play with the NY Knights, Northern Raiders and USA Tomahawks is the driving force behind the tour and the tournament.
This year is the 10th anniversary of the Bali bombings and the AMNRL has invited the Coogee Dolphins to return to the USA to mark the occasion. The tournament will be played during the Veteran's Day weekend to remember all.
The tournament isn't only about marking the solemn occasion, however, it is also designed to help the AMNRL raise awareness of Rugby League, create interest in it and develop the game on the West Coast. Clubs from the east, midwest, and pacific are also interested in participating.
The format will feature 13-a-side teams playing 20-minute games consisting of two, 10-minute halves.
The Remembrance Cup is scheduled for Saturday, November 10, 2012.
Coogee Dolphins (Australia)
British Columbia Bulldogs (Canada)
Las Vegas Warriors