Countdown to World Cup

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RUGBY league fans in Leigh are excitedly counting down until the World Cup arrives in town.

This Friday will mark exactly seven monhs until rugby league’s biggest international showcase arrives at the Leigh Sports Village, when Pacific island rivals Tonga and the Cook Islands clash in the tournament’s group stages.

Tickets are already on sale for the World Cup game, which will be held on November 5, at just £10 for adults and £5 for concessions, and Leigh Centurions captain Rob Parker hopes rugby league fans will snap up tickets for what promises to be an exciting and colourful spectacle.

He said: “To know your town is holding a World Cup game, with two teams playing exciting, expansive rugby is fantastic.

“I’d really encourage people to get themselves a ticket for the game because the culture and rivalry Tonga and Cook Islands bring will be fascinating. And it’s on November 5, so there’ll definitely be fireworks.”

The feast of rugby league at the LSV continues this Saturday with both of the stadium’s home teams playing back to back in a Challenge Cup third round double-header.

The action begins at 3pm as LSV tenants Swinton Lions take on French outfit Toulouse Olympique in what promises to be one of the ties of the round.

Leigh Centurions will then face amateur side East Leeds at 5.30pm, with Paul Rowley’s side hoping to avoid a giant killing against the Conference League Division One side and begin another lengthy cup run.

A single all day ticket covering both matches is available, priced at £18 for adults, £10 for concessions, and £1 for juniors.