England Rugby League to honour WW1 heroes in Remembrance Day match
England Rugby League will show their support for the Royal British Legion’s Thank You movement by wearing a special commemorative jersey in the Third Test of the forthcoming series against New Zealand at Elland Road, which will be played on Remembrance Sunday, 11 November.
Hummel have produced a one-off shirt for the match featuring the poppy – the international symbol of Remembrance and hope – as well as the Thank You logo, with £5 from the sale of each jersey going to the Royal British Legion. A limited number of shirts will available to purchase from shop.rugby-league.com from 5 November and will be on sale at Anfield and Elland Road on match day.
Simon O’Leary, the Royal British Legion’s Assistant Director of Fundraising, said: 'The First World War left so many legacies that positively impact our lives today, from ground-breaking social change to pioneering innovations. This Centenary of the ending of the First World War is a chance for us all to thank not only the British Armed Forces who fought and gave their lives, but also the thousands who fought alongside them from India and across today’s Commonwealth, and the many men, women and children who played their part on the home front. We are very grateful to the Rugby Football League for commemorating the Legion’s ‘Thank You’ movement and wearing the special branded shirts during England’s international matches against New Zealand.'
Jamie Peacock, the former England and Great Britain captain who is now the Team Manager, said: 'The sport of Rugby League, and the England team, are proud to be associated with the courage and sacrifices of our Armed Forces, never more so than this year as we commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War. We will be visiting the Western Front as a squad next weekend to reinforce that message ahead of the Test series against New Zealand, and I know the players will be proud to wear the poppy and to support the Royal British Legion’s Thank You movement on Remembrance Sunday.'
Tom and George Burgess, the Yorkshire-born twins who now play for South Sydney, launched the shirt with Peacock at the Imperial War Museum in Salford today.