This weekend sees both sets of players gather at their respective bases ahead of the eagerly awaited three match Test Series between the Royal Navy and the Royal Australian Navy. The home side of course will make their way to RNRL HQ in HMS Temeraire whilst the RAN begin their journey across the world to arrive in Fort Blockhouse around midday on Sunday.
There is a great buzz around this unique Series not only Portsmouth but in Wakefield as well with Wakefield Trinity making a fantastic gesture of support not only for services Rugby League but for the work of the Royal British Legion by opening the Mobile Rocket Stadium to allow the first test to be played in the heartland of the real beautiful game!
As previously posted admission to all three fixtures is free however we would ask all spectators to dig deep and contribute to the 2018 RBL poppy appeal, launched today, in this landmark year for world history.
As part of the commemorations of this anniversary representatives of both teams and the Royal British Legion will hold a special Wreath Laying ceremony on Thursday 8th November at the Naval Memorial on Tower Hill just opposite the Tower of London. This special event will take place at 12:30 with minimum formalities and anybody wishing to join this commemoration to those mariners both service and civilian who have made the ultimate sacrifice in all conflicts are welcome to join the team representatives on the day.
More updates to follow as kick off draws nearer!
Updated 20:15 - 25 Oct 2018 by Keith Humpleby