Centurions face off against Army in largest UK rugby league festival

PUBLISHED: 11:43 17 March 2016 | UPDATED: 11:43 17 March 2016

The British Army and the Centurions after a game last year. Picture: DARRYL BROWN

The British Army and the Centurions after a game last year. Picture: DARRYL BROWN

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St Albans Centurions Rugby League Club have been chosen to represent Southern Rugby League in a friendly game against the Army in an Armed Forces Day in Cheshire.

The game, to be held on Saturday, June 25, is part of a festival which, in its seventh year, has become the biggest amateur rugby league event in the UK with more than 5,000 people attending in 2015.

Cents chairman Brian Parker said: “The team have a spare weekend from the league on that date and we are looking forward to travelling up to Crosfields Rugby League Club in Warrington to take on the Army.

“We have played them several times over the last few years and they are a good bunch of lads.

“We hope to do The Cents and southern rugby league proud.”

Crosfields are one of the largest amateur rugby league clubs in the North-West and it is looked upon as an honour to play in their Armed Forces Day games.

The after match hospitality and celebrations have also become legendary affairs with Fijian hymns where you can hear a pin drop to Haka war cries.

It is held at Crosfields in memory of Tom Sephton, a former player at the club, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.

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