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40th anniversary lunch for the 1975 World Championship

The British Lions – players and management who have represented Great Britain, England or Wales on tours Down Under – are an integral part of the new Rugby League Cares Reunions programme.

As part of the RFL’s 120th Anniversary Celebrations, a host of the biggest names in Rugby League history are being brought together to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1975 World Championship.

A landmark lunch is to be staged at the Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford, on Saturday 13th June attended by surviving members of the England and Wales squad who took part in the seventh and longest World Cup-style tournament.

Staged in aid of the RFL Benevolent Fund, the 40th Anniversary Celebration will include a three-course lunch, a parade of the England and Wales squads, interviews and competitions.

Also in attendance will be Rugby League Ex-Players Associations, making the event an afternoon of nostalgia.

The 1975 World Championship made history with Great Britain being split into England and Wales for the first time, joining Australia, New Zealand and France playing each other home and away on both sides of the world for a total of eight fixtures each.

The tournament kicked off on March 2nd and finished on 6th November, the title being decided on league placings, Australia topping the table, one point ahead of England, Wales taking third place.

England’s 20-man squad for the matches Down Under was coached by Alex Murphy and captained by Roger Millward and included John Atkinson, Keith Bridges, Mike Coulman, Les Dyl, George Fairbairn, Keith Fielding, Ken Gill, Mick Morgan, Steve Nash and George Nicholls.  A further 13 players were selected for the autumn matches staged in Europe.

Wales’s 20-man Australasian squad was coached by Les Pearce and skippered by David Watkins and featured Kel Costlett, Tony Fisher, Bill Francis, John Mantle, Roy Mathias, Jim Mills and Mike Nicholas.  A further eight players took part in the autumn matches in Europe.

We look forward to the Rugby League family joining the illustrious contingent of British Lions, fellow Internationals and past servants of club Rugby League.

Tickets are priced £35 (cheques payable to Rugby League Cares) with the bar open from 11.00am and lunch served at 1.00pm.  To book any size of party, please contact Katie Irwin, Operations Manager of Rugby League Cares:


07540 636515




North West Reunion 2015 for former professional players, coaches, match officials and administrators


A unique reunion of former professional players, coaches, match officials and administrators.

Rugby League Cares mission is to nurture the past, present and future of Rugby League. We want to ensure that no past player is forgotten. This series of dinners and lunches is intended to give you the opportunity to reunite with old friends; while reminiscing about the triumphs and defeats during your time at the club. These events are not for fans, they are not fundraisers: they are about celebrating you and your team mates.


Saturday 11th July 2015, Halliwell Jones Stadium, Winwick Road, Warrington WA2 7NE.

Drinks from 11am and two course lunch at 12.30pm.

Tickets £20 per head.

To book any size of party, please contact Katie Irwin, Operations Manager of Rugby League Cares:


07540 636515

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