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Ricoh to host rugby league internationals

Published Friday, 22 April 2016

Two mouth-watering Rugby League Four Nations internationals will be staged at the Ricoh Arena later this year.

Rugby league at the Ricoh
Rugby league at the Ricoh

The 32,609-seater venue has been selected to host a double-header on Saturday 5 November with England taking on Scotland at 5.30pm, followed by a repeat of the 2014 final when Australia face New Zealand at 8pm.

It will be only the second time the Wasps-owned venue will stage rugby league and it will be the highest level of the sport to ever be played in the city which is home to Coventry Bears Rugby League club.

David Armstrong, Group Chief Executive Officer of Wasps, said: “Fans from across the world will be heading to the Ricoh Arena to the double-header which means there will be another positive economic spin-off for the region as well as the opportunity to raise the profile of the Midlands.

“Hosting the Four Nations sits proudly alongside the major music events we have on the horizon with MTV Crashes Coventry, Rihanna and Bruce Springsteen and the E Band also taking centre stage in the stadium bowl which will further put Wasps, the Ricoh Arena and the city of Coventry on the map internationally and nationally.”

Andy Gibb, Managing Director of the Ricoh Arena, said: “The games will be watched by millions on TV around the world and from a wider perspective this only adds strength to Coventry – a 'City of Rugby' which aims to promote rugby and its core values within the city, with the objective of making Coventry one of the leading cities in the world for every level of the sport by 2023.”

And Jonathan Hunt, Development Manager Sport and Active Recreation, added: "This is another fantastic achievement for sport in Coventry linked to the 10 year strategy. Bringing in major events like the Four Nations will have a huge impact on the local club Coventry Bears and give people the chance to try an activity. We have been working hard with event organisers to connect the games to local people and communities."

The Ricoh Arena is one of six venues to host matches this year and tickets are now on sale.

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