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Rugby League World Cup trophy heads to Wigan
Friday 12th July, 2013

RUGBY league fans are in for a treat if they take a trip to the Museum of Wigan Life next Friday (19 July).

Not only will the Rugby League World Cup trophy be on display between 2-4pm, author Professor Tony Collins will also be attending to give an illustrated talk at 2.30pm. Visitors can learn about the history of rugby league and Wigan and Leigh's roles in founding this much-loved sport, as well as the World Cup and its development into the huge competition we know today.

The event is free but places must be booked. Please contact 01942 828122 or email heritage@wlct.org

The trophy will also be on display at Wigan Library on Wednesday 17 July between 2pm-4pm.

Lynda Jackson, Community History Manager at the Museum, said: “We are so pleased to have the opportunity to hear Professor Tony Collins give a talk on Rugby League and the World Cup. This is a unique chance to find out more about the history and experience of the players, the clubs and the fans behind this much-loved sport.

“Wigan and Leigh were two of Rugby League’s founding clubs so it’s a fantastic opportunity to find out more about their roles and about the development of the World Cup competition. I am also very excited about hosting the World Cup trophy in the museum as part of the lead up to the World Cup and our next special exhibition which will run from October to December 2013.”

The museum has also launched an appeal to members of the public for rugby league artifacts which will form part of a special rugby league exhibition opening on Saturday 5 October.

Rugby shirts, medals, contracts, caps, scarves and programmes are all being collected – as well as people’s memories of playing or watching Rugby League. All items will be taken on a loan basis and will be returned to their owners. Please contact the museum on 01942 828128 to let them know what you can offer.

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