Men’s, women’s, and wheelchair teams
UK sportsbook Betfred has announced that it will be the official partner of all three teams representing England at the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.
Betfred owner Fred Done joined three players from the national squads – men’s second row forward John Bateman, women’s second row forward and team captain Emily Rudgem, and wheelchair lock Wayne Boardman – to launch the new partnership. Betfred posted a video of the announcement on Twitter Thursday:
England’s men’s, women’s and wheelchair teams will all feature the Betfred logo on the lower back of their jerseys throughout 2021.
Staunch rugby supporter
Betfred has been at the forefront of rugby sponsorship in recent years and has been the title sponsor of the rugby Super League competition since 2017. Its portfolio also includes rugby league deals with the Women’s Super League, the Championship, and League 1.
In a news release, Betfred’s Done said that his firm was “delighted” to become the official partner of the three national teams, considering its “very successful association with Rugby League at all levels in recent years.”
Betfred has been an “outstanding” sponsor for the Rugby League
The Rugby Football League’s chief commercial officer Mark Foster said Betfred has been an “outstanding” sponsor for the Rugby League. Foster said it was “fantastic [Betfred] will now extend that support to our England teams in 2021.”
World Cup on home soil
Foster added that the 2021 tournament represents an exciting time for the three teams as they compete for the World Cup on home soil.
The England men’s team will open the Rugby League World Cup 2021 with a fixture against Samoa at Newcastle United FC’s St. James’ Park stadium on Saturday, October 23.
England women kickoff against Brazil at Emerald Headingley on November 9. England’s wheelchair XV face Australia in their opener at the Copper Box Arena in London’s Olympic Park on November 11.