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Wolves set their sights on retaining Rugby League 9s trophy
12:00pm Monday 14th May 2012 in Wolves news
WARRINGTON Wolves have been grouped with Cumbria, Salford City Reds, St Helens, London Broncos, Widnes Vikings and Gloucestershire All Golds at the start of their defence of the Rugby League 9s.
Wolves, who will again be represented by mainly their under 20s players, are keen to keep their hands on the trophy in the competition’s second season.
Under 20s head coach Richard Marshall said: "Rugby League 9s is a unique idea and a great concept.
“The players really enjoyed winning the competition last year and it’s something they want to repeat.”
Wilderspool Stadium will host one of the first week’s Western Division group rounds on Tuesday, May 29, with Cumbria, Salford City Reds and St Helens to provide the opposition.
Wolves will also be in action at Derwent Park, Workington, on Tuesday, June 5, the City of Salford Stadium on Tuesday, June 12, and the Co-operative Community Stadium in Wigan on Tuesday, June 19, in the bid to reach the last eight finals night at Headingley Stadium, Leeds, on Tuesday, June 26 (see round by round details below).
For one of Wolves’ opponents, the University of Gloucestershire All Golds, it will be their first taste of professional rugby league and a forerunner for their 2013 season in Championship One.
The All Golds were last week confirmed as the third of four new clubs who will enter Championship one next year.
A total of 16 clubs will participate in the 2012 Rugby League 9s – the 13 UK-based Super League clubs, Featherstone, Gloucestershire All Golds and a combined Cumbrian team – and RFL chief operating officer Ralph Rimmer believes the high-speed, all-action version of the sport will prove to be a massive hit with players and fans alike.
“Rugby League 9s is a fast, exciting and action-packed tournament which provides high quality entertainment for everyone,” said Rimmer.
“It’s an excellent opportunity for fans to watch a new dimension of Rugby League midweek and have the chance to see some of the very best young players in the country.”
The RFL have revealed a ticket offer for fans wanting to watch the final night’s action in Leeds (see below).
Round One: Tuesday May 29
Warrington Festival - Wilderspool Stadium, Wilderspool Causeway: Warrington Wolves, Cumbria, Salford City Reds, St Helens.
London Festival - Aldershot Military Stadium,Aldershot: London Broncos, Widnes Vikings, Wigan Warriors, Uni of Gloucestershire All Golds.
Hull Festival - Craven Park, Hull: Hull KR, Hull FC, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Castleford Tigers.
Featherstone Festival - Big Fella’s Stadium, Featherstone: Featherstone Rovers, Bradford Bulls, Huddersfield Giants, Leeds Rhinos.
Round Two: Tuesday June 5
Cumbria Festival - Derwent Park, Workington: St Helens, Warrington Wolves, Salford City Reds, Cumbria .
Widnes Festival - Halton Stadium, Widnes: Widnes Vikings, London Broncos, Wigan Warriors, Uni of Gloucestershire All Golds.
Leeds Festival - Headingley Stadium, Leeds: Leeds Rhinos, Hull FC, Bradford Bulls, Featherstone Rovers.
Castleford Festival - Probiz Coliseum, Castleford: Castleford Tigers, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Hull KR, Huddersfield Giants.
Round Three - Tuesday June 12
Salford Festival - City of Salford Stadium, Salford: Salford City Reds, Uni of Gloucestershire All Golds, London Broncos, Warrington Wolves.
Cumbria Festival - Craven Park, Barrow: Cumbria, Wigan Warriors, Widnes Vikings, St Helens.
Hull Festival - Hull FC Elite Training Centre, Hull: Hull FC, Hull KR, Leeds Rhinos, Bradford Bulls.
Wakefield Festival - Rapid Solicitors Stadium, Wakefield: Huddersfield Giants, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Featherstone Rovers, Castleford Tigers.
Round Four - Tuesday June 19
Wigan Festival - The Co-operative Community Stadium, Wigan: Wigan Warriors, St Helens, Warrington Wolves, Cumbria.
Salford Festival - City of Salford Stadium, Salford: Gloucestershire All Golds, Widnes Vikings, Salford City Reds, London Broncos.
Wakefield Festival - Rapid Solicitors Stadium, Wakefield: Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Leeds Rhinos, Huddersfield Giants, Hull FC.
Bradford Festival - Odsal Stadium, Bradford: Bradford Bulls, Castleford Tigers, Hull KR, Featherstone Rovers.
Fans who buy a ticket for the 2012 Rugby League 9s Finals Night at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on Tuesday June 26 will receive another absolutely free of charge.
This BOGOF offer is for pre-purchased tickets only and will not be available on the day of the game: all complimentary tickets issued will be of equal or lower value to those purchased.
Tickets are available for just £10 adults and £5 concessions by calling Leeds Rhinos Ticket Office on 0871 423 1315 (calls charged at 10p per min – calls from mobiles may vary) or the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113.