PICTURES: Rugby League World Cup trophy visits St Helens as countdown to Aussie visit gathers pace (From St Helens Star)
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PICTURES: Rugby League World Cup trophy visits St Helens as countdown to Aussie visit gathers pace
5:16pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
IN less than three months it will be held aloft by the victorious captain at Old Trafford.
But for now the gleaming Rugby League World Cup trophy is on a promotional tour of the UK and Mayor of St Helens Andy Bowden wasted no time on getting a feel for it.
The trophy arrived in St Helens as part of the countdown to the tournament, which kicks off in October.
St Helens will host a group game in the tournament when Langtree Park Australia take on Fiji under the lights on Saturday, November 2.
It is an occasion that is likely to feature some of the game’s greatest players – such as the Kangaroos’ Billy Slater, Greg Inglis and Cameron Smith.
St Helens Council has been tasked with marking the match with a celebration and the town centre should be decked in green and gold colours for an Australia Day in Church Square during the run up to the match.
It is planning a three-week ‘Great Kangaroo Hunt’ competition in which giant cardboard cut outs of the marsupials – which will be nicknamed after the Aussie scrum half Cooper Cronk – will be positioned at town centre retailers.
To be in with a chance of winning, entrants will need to send their sighting of Cooper to the organisers.
Joining Councillor Bowden to see the trophy were the Saints Angels cheerleaders.
It was announced this week that auditions are open to secure a place on the Official RLWC2013 Dance Team that will perform at games during the tournament.
Any dancer – male or female – is welcome to attend the audition, which will be held at Liverpool One shopping Centre on Saturday.
During the audition, dancers will be taught a short routine and will be required to perform in small groups on stage Team co-ordinator Sarah Elston said: “It would be great to have a squad that consisted of dancers from each squad.
“While we hope this will be something rugby league cheerleaders will jump at the chance to become involved, we do not want to exclude anyone else that dreams of performing at such a big event.”
Organisers say cheer dance and street cheer experience will help but they are also looking for gymnasts, in particular tumblers, to enhance the squad.
Applicants must be aged 16 or over and confident dance performers. Contact Sarah Elston: email@example.com.