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England v Fiji at Rochdale

SHAUN Wane’s England will play Fiji at the Crown Oil Arena in Rochdale on Friday, October 15 as preparation for the World Cup, which starts at Newcastle eight days later.

The game will form part of Rochdale Hornets 150th anniversary celebrations.

Across the years, scores of Oldhamers and/or ex-Oldham RLFC players have worn the red, white and blue of the Hornets with pride and several coaches have left Watersheddings to take charge at the old Athletic Grounds.

Joe Warham, Norman Harris and John Noon, to name but three, played at Oldham and coached at Rochdale, while Graham Starkey (coach) and Arthur Walker (chairman) moved in the opposite direction.

As Hornets chairman, Walker was the man largely responsible for starting the club’s connections with Fiji when he placed an advert for players in the Fijian Times after returning from a Great Britain tour Down Under as assistant manager.

Cousins Orisi Dawai and Joe Levula replied — and the unlikely partnership between a Lancashire mill town and a South Pacific island was forged.

Rochdale today has the largest Fijian community outside London.

Shaun Wane said:

“This game will be a vital part of our World Cup preparation. I’d like to thank Hornets and Fiji for making it happen.”

Hornets chief executive Steve Kerr said:

“To welcome Fiji back to Rochdale and to continue our cultural links is both an honour and a privilege.”

World Cup 2021 opens at St James’s Park, Newcastle on Saturday, October 23, with the opening ceremony, followed by England v Samoa.


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AS lockdown restrictions start to ease, now is the time for everyone connected with Oldham RLFC to do all they can to help with getting income from our Club Cash lottery back to where it was before the pandemic started to bite.

This is vital for the club and its finances which, as you all know, have taken a massive hit in the past 12 months.

Collectors will be returning to door-to-door visits in the next few weeks and we hope people who suspended payments will pick up where they left off as we strive and work hard to get back to where we were before the pandemic caused us to lose 50 per cent of our lottery income.

Many of our regular punters, who would normally pay a collector, have answered our calls for help by finding other ways to pay and to retain their chances of winning prizes.

To those people we are very grateful and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them once again for their loyal and continued support.

The lottery, of course, is potentially one of our biggest fund-raisers and for as little as £1 a week — more if you wish — you can help the club immensely and at the same time have chances to win £1,000, £100, £50, £25 or one of ten consolation prizes of £10.

That’s the present prize structure. There’s every chance it will be increased once we are out of lockdown, door-to-door collections start again and we get back to some sort of normality.

In the meantime you can join, or start up again, by contacting the club on 07904 898177 or by email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

For more information about the lottery, and for the “great opportunities” provided by our partnership with the National Youth and Community Development Association (NYCDA) go our Club Cash page.

There, you will find all the results and a detailed statement about getting back to normal with the help of our not-for-profit partners.

All proceeds from the partnership will continue to support the club and help us to meet the aims of our Club Cash activities, particularly in its aims and objectives to be an active stakeholder in the local community.

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