Finally the long-awaited day for the first historic transatlantic professional rugby league match is here.
It’s a double history period for Oxford, as Barrow was the first ever semi final for the club and now we have the first transatlantic game! Head coach Tim Rumford said “This has been and is a big deal for our lads, none of us have ever been involved in a professional semi final before and being the first team to play in Toronto is a big deal for any team. We had a good dig at Barrow and gave it our all, we left nothing on the field but Barrow simply had too much for us and I can see them lifting the League 1 Cup. All the best to the Raiders in pursuit of that goal.”
Now on the other side of the Atlantic an excited group are about to enter the Lamport Stadium, packed with over 10,000 spectators and being ‘treated like an international’ we’ve been told.
Blues CEO, Adrian Smith added “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our lads and something that they will share memories of for a life time. It’s a daunting task and a huge challenge Tim and the boys face, they’re going to be testing themselves against Super League standard players in what should be a spectacular occasion. I’m proud of Tim and the team in how they are dealing with a tough schedule and it was terrific to get the support from Oxford’s Lord Mayor which is terrific and I thank him and the Oxford council for their best wishes.”