(Toronto) The Toronto Wolfpack will begin their playing era by doing something no other League 1 club has ever done. They will play both reigning Challenge Cup champions Hull FC, and current Super League Champions Wigan Warriors.
In our first ever match, Rugby League’s newest club will meet one of the very oldest as Toronto Wolfpack head to the KCOM Stadium to face Hull FC on January 22nd, a club formed 151 years earlier.The match will also see some familiar faces re-united as Hull FC head coach Lee Radford locks horns with Toronto Director of Rugby Brian Noble for the first time, having lined up under him as a player at Bradford Bulls.
The match will also see some familiar faces reunited as Hull FC head coach Lee Radford locks horns with Toronto Director of Rugby Brian Noble for the first time, having lined up under him as a player at Bradford Bulls.
Challenge Cup winner and firm fans favorite Richard Whiting will also return to face his former club for the first time, having played at the KCOM Stadium for over a decade. He’ll be joined by Craig Hall and Reece Dean who both began their careers with the Airlie Birds and still live in the city.
Speaking about the historic tie, head coach Radford said: “It is a great opportunity for our squad to test themselves against one of the strongest sides outside of Super League, on what is sure to be a landmark occasion. First impressions last forever so I’m sure they’ll come here looking forward to making a statement and finally see all the hard work pay off, and a competitive rugby league team coming from Canada.
Hopefully, both sides get what they want from the fixture and it is a positive statement for the growth of the game and one that helps continue to build the reputation of the sport both in the UK and around the world.”
In the Wolfpack’s second friendly the club takes on Super League holders at the Manchester Athletic Centre. This marks the first Rugby League match at the ground adjacent to the Etihad Stadium.
“We are extremely honoured to play Wigan Warriors in our first Rugby League match at the Manchester Athletic Centre. Wolfpack CEO Eric Perez explained. “To play the Super League champions two weeks after we play the Challenge Cup holders is a dream come true and a real test for our squad.”