Thunder prepare to walk with the Wolfpack

Thunder prepare to walk with the Wolfpack

8th May 2017

Rugby League’s latest behemoth arrives in the North East this Friday as Toronto Wolfpack, the world’s first trans-Atlantic sports team, make the trip to Kingston Park Stadium (KO 19:30)

A project nine years in the planning, the Wolfpack are the embodiment of a vision held by Torontonian Eric Perez, who ever since first watching the sport in a bar in Gibraltar has made it his goal to establish a professional team in his hometown.

Admitted into Kingstone Press League 1 in April 2016, the Wolfpack are at the vanguard of plans to expand the sport into North America, as rugby league continues to explore new avenues for growth.

For their opening season in the game’s third tier, the Wolfpack have assembled an impressive squad and coaching team and one that has already set them firmly on their way to stepping up into the Kingstone Press Championship in 2017.

Former Great Britain international Brian Noble and Leigh Centurions head coach Paul Rowley are the men plotting the course from the sidelines, whilst on the field, NRL star Fuifui Moimoi, Super League centre Craig Hall and championship live wire Quentin Laulu-Togaga'e are among the talents drawing in a new audience.

Having played all of their opening fixtures on UK shores, the first match at “The Den” last weekend showed a healthy appetite for the game existing in the Canadian city with over 6,000 fans turning out to witness a 62-12 win over Oxford RLFC.

With the Wolfpack having enjoyed the perfect start to life in professional rugby league, Thunder will be looking to make the most of a night in front of the Premier Sports cameras and the added attention trained onto Kingston Park Stadium.

Looking ahead to the game, Thunder co-captain Joe Brown said: “I’m looking forward to the Toronto game massively.  It is one of those big occasions that we as a group of players seem to be able to raise our game for. 

“We have seen this season that if you give your absolute all against Toronto, you can deliver a performance to be proud of and the key thing not allowing them to get a roll on. 

“Keighley did very well against them a few weeks back and were ahead with less than half an hour to play, but when that pressure was applied, the roll allowed Toronto a score-line that, if they are truthful, made the game look a lot more comfortable than it was.”

Tickets for Friday night’s game are on sale now and can be booked by clicking here, calling 0871 2266060 or by visiting the Kingston Park Stadium box office during office hours.

Advanced ticket prices start from £10 for adult standing, with advanced prices valid until 5 pm on Thursday, May 11th.

Thunder prepare to walk with the Wolfpack