Knights to face Reggae Warriors in historic Headingley international this autumn
Leeds' Cameron Smith, Mikolaj Oledzki, Ash Handley and Harry Newman have all been included in the training squad.
England Knights will play Jamaica in an historic international fixture at the Emerald Headingley Stadium this October, as part of both countries’ countdown to the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.
The match will be played on the afternoon of Sunday October 20 (3pm kick-off), eight days after the domestic season concludes with the Betfred Super League Grand Final, and will provide senior international action on home soil in an autumn which is set to see the England Women and Wheelchair teams joining the reformed Great Britain men’s squad in travelling to the southern hemisphere.
The Knights were re-established in 2018 as part of the Rugby Football League’s England Performance Unit, playing their first two matches since 2013 on a short tour to Papua New Guinea last autumn – and eight members of the first Knights Performance Squad that was announced in May 2018 have already earned promotion to the senior England set-up to make Test debuts.
The Reggae Warriors continued their unlikely Rugby League story by beating the USA in Jacksonville last October to secure their first ever World Cup appearance.
The fixture against the Knights will therefore work on two levels for Jamaica, providing high-quality international experience for their team at one of the host venues for RLWC2021, and also a platform for them to connect with the hundreds of thousands of British Jamaicans – the second-largest Jamaican population outside the island itself.
Kevin Sinfield, the RFL’s Rugby Director who leads the England Performance Unit, said: “This is a fixture that works on so many levels, and I hope it will capture the imagination of Rugby League supporters and Jamaicans in Leeds, Yorkshire and well beyond.
“The Knights are an important part of the EPU as we build towards hosting the World Cup in 2021, and it was a priority to find them meaningful competition again this autumn after the unique experiences they gained in Papua New Guinea last year.
“The way the Jamaica team has developed over the last few years to reach the World Cup has already been a bit of a Rugby League fairytale, and it’s great that the Knights can help them with their preparations for RLWC2021.”
Jermaine Coleman, Jamaica’s head coach who grew up as a member of Leeds’s Jamaican community before joining London Skolars as a player and since 2015 as their head coach, added: “This is an exciting opportunity for us as team. The effort that has gone into the journey so far has been unbelievable. We have a fantastic group of people involved with the team both on and off the field. We see this as our first steps in our preparation to the World Cup. The England Knights will be an excellent team full of Super League quality from 1-17 so the step up for us is going to be challenge. The one thing this group does better than anything is rise to challenges so we can’t wait for this game opportunity.”
Tickets will officially go on sale on Monday 15th July at 9am. Tickets are available to buy in either South Stand Terrace or Extentia Terrace or reserved seat in South Stand seats. The table of prices is below and bookings are subject to a £1.50 booking fee (excluding Print @ Home tickets). All tickets will be sent / issued no later than two weeks prior to the match.
Tickets for this match are available either over the phone on 0371 423 1315, online at tickets.therhinos.co.uk or heading to the Leeds Rugby Ticket Office at Emerald Headingley Stadium.
|General Ticket and Match Day Prices||Adult||Concession (senior over 65 and students, under 21s, disabled – wheelchair and ambulant*)||Juniors (16 and under)|
|South Stand Terrace / Extentia Terrace||£10||£5||£3|
|South Stand Seats (reserved seats)||£15||£10||£5|
*Disabled purchasers are entitled to a concession rate if proof of disability is provided and entitled to a free carer ticket upon production of carer allowance entitlement letter.
There will be £1.50 booking fee will be added to all orders.
Corporate Hospitality will also be available for £55 plus VAT per head / £25 plus VAT for juniors aged 16 & under for a two course pre-match meal, a reserved corporate seat to watch the match and parking at the stadium. To book hospitality please call 0113 203 3222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org