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The organizers of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, in partnership with The Newcastle Rugby Foundation, the North of Tyne Combined Authority and Newcastle City Council, today announced details of the Squads at the Tyne Festival.

The Squads on the Tyne festival will kick-start the biggest and best Rugby League World Cup to date. The event is scheduled for Friday, October 14 through Sunday, October 16, and offers teams from across the country the chance to be a part of RLWC2021’s blockbuster opening weekend.

Taking place in Kingston Park, the three-day festival is open to schools (primary and secondary), junior Rugby League clubs, mixed touch rugby and masters RL (35+) teams. As a first for Squads on the Tyne, PDRL (Physical Disability Rugby League) and LDRL (Learning Disability Rugby League) teams will also compete all weekend.

On Friday 14 October, the primary and secondary schools in the region, together with the masters RL teams from all over the country, will open the festival. The community event was made possible with funding from the North of Tyne Combined Authority’s Tourism & Events program

In addition to the junior clubs and morning rugby action, the men’s tournament will come alive with the opening ceremony on Saturday 15 October, followed by Group A action, with the hosts, England Men, going up against Samoa Men at St James Park at 14:30 (BST).

The entertainment continues on Sunday, October 16, when the junior girls’ teams take to the field in Kingston Park to wrap up the festival before Scotland Men take on Italy Men at 2.30pm (BST).

Melanie Magee, Head of the Newcastle Rugby Foundation, said: “We are delighted to be hosting one of the biggest Rugby League festivals ever held.

“Thanks go to the North of Tyne Combined Authority for supporting our plans to host such an inclusive celebration of the sport. The continued support from Newcastle City Council is also appreciated and we expect teams from all over UK and beyond, we look forward to welcoming our famous Geordie to all.”

RLWC2021’s Social Impact Director, Tracy Power, said: “Communities are at the heart of RLWC2021, and the Squads at the Tyne Festival are a great way to celebrate the power of togetherness and kick off the tournament.

“Hosting PDRL and LDRL teams and the Masters (35+) participants shows the inclusive nature of the festival. It’s fantastic that community players will have the opportunity to see the best players compete in the World Cup on the same weekend that the festival takes place.”

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