Rugby League and Rugby Union is set to clash next month when Bradford Bulls play Bradford and Bingley RFC in the ?Tetley?s Cross Code Challenge? at The Bees? Wagon Lane. Stadium on Sunday 31st July 2005, kick off 4.00pm.
The match, which is the first cross-code meeting between the two Bradford sides, promises to be a cracking contest and will feature a number of current first team stars from both sides. Fans of the two teams will have the opportunity to see their favourites playing one half using their opponents? rules with half time seeing a switch to the other code?s way of playing.
Leading up to the main kick off, spectators will be treated to a display from Bradford Bulls? famed ?Bulls Roadshow? involving performances from the Bullettes and street entertainers alike. This will then be followed by a preview to the main curtain raiser with the two clubs? under-18 teams playing 25 minutes each way in a dress rehearsal match.
Simon Gibson, Carlsberg UK Marketing Manager, said: ?As ?Official Beer? of both clubs, we already have close links with each and enjoy working alongside them. We are delighted to be offering our further support to this unique match between The Bulls and The Bees, as it is nice to appeal to families and fans of both codes of this great game.?
Geoff Wappett, Bradford & Bingley RFC coach, added: ?On behalf of both clubs involved I would like to thank Tetley?s for sponsoring the Cross Code Challenge as it clearly shows their support for the Bees and Bulls. The game promises to be keenly contested and it will be interesting to see how each team performs when abiding by the other?s rules!?
Brian Noble, Bradford Bulls coach, concluded: ?This is the first time that such a match has been played between two clubs from Bradford and I am sure it will be a great game between two teams that boast really loyal supporters. Many of our first team players will be involved in the game, along with the likes of Steve McNamara who will also get in on the action. The fact that the game has been arranged really demonstrates the close affinity between the two clubs.?
Tickets for the match are available from Tuesday 28th June at both the Bradford Bulls (08701 202040) and Bradford and Bingley RFC (01274 775441) ticket offices, priced at ?5 for adults and ?3 for children.