October saw the England Rugby League team set of to South Africa for a 10 day high altitude training camp ahead of their autumn international series and in long term preparation for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.
The team were based at North-West University Training Centre in Potchefstroom, the facilities here are regarded as some of the best in South Africa. As equipment supplier to England RL Centurion Rugby sent out tackle pads for the team to use in training whilst in South Africa. As rugby league is still a sport in the development stage Centurion Rugby decided to donate the training equipment to the South Africa Rugby League side once England had finished with it.
Chris Boates from the South Africa Rugby League said
"It is a great gesture from Centurion to supply the South Africa Rugby League with some tackle shields. They will come in handy when we deliver coaching clinics across the country. Rugby League is a growing sport in South Africa and all the external help we receive from supporters of the game means so much to us."
England completed a clean sweep in their Autumn Internationals, beating Wales by 80 points to 12. Then they went on to beat France twice by 44-6 then 48-4. All this is putting them in good stead to challenge in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup which will be held in England.