Wed 06 March
Super League's Widnes Vikings have this week joined forces with the Halton-bound USA national Rugby League team, ahead of Rugby League World Cup 2013. An exclusive column will be published in the club's new programme 'Black And White' for every home game.
The association, which is the first in Super League between an English club and a RLWC2013 competing nation, began back in 2012 when the representatives of the Tomahawks visited the borough as part of RLWC2013's launch.
The relationship has blossomed and David Niu, president of the American National Rugby League, as well as US colleague Brian Lowe, have been working with the club and its programme editor Ian Cheveau on formulating the new concept which will see Vikings fans updated with the very latest news from the USA camp ahead of their trip to Widnes and Runcorn at RLWC2013.
James Rule, Vikings CEO, said: "RLWC2013 is a massive event in the sporting calendar and one that everyone at Widnes Vikings and our fans are looking forward to. As a borough and a club we are excited to be hosting the Tomahawks for their RLWC2013 adventure and they will be using the clubs facilities, including our pioneering i-pitch which will allow them to train in any conditions.
"They will be visiting our schools and communities and I think the news we can give stakeholders through the channel of our club programme 'Black And White' about their visit will whet the appetite about the feast of Rugby League that will be happening in October and November.
David Niu added: “As the pioneers of the sport of Rugby League in the USA, we could not have asked for a better location for our team to be based than with a club that was a founding member in the development of the sport in England.
“We are well aware that Widnes has produced many wonderful championship teams and players. They must have enjoyed tremendous support and encouragement from the local community and fans. We hope that our Tomahawks might generate that same passion."
The USA Tomhawks kick off their RLWC2013 campaign at The Memorial Stadium in Bristol against the Cook Islands on October 30, they then head Wrexham to take on host nation Wales on November 3. Their last group fixture is at Salford City Stadium on November against Scotland. Buy Tickets Here.