New River Stadium, home of the London Skolars, will host the Capital Challenge Rugby League tournament over the weekend of 4-6 June 2004 . The Skolars, who hosted the inaugural event last year, will host the 2004 event again, and are looking to expand the competition to 4 teams.
"Last year the Capital Challenge was a battle between London Town and Dublin City, but the success of this event has seen teams stake their interest from Cardiff, Edinburgh, Paris and Belfast, along with last years teams, London and Dublin" commented Skolars chairman Hector McNeil.
All teams will be approached to submit an application and the organisers will decide which 4 teams will compete in the tournament. Other teams, who have not yet expressed an interest would be welcome to submit an application to participate.
The format of the competition will see two semi-finals played, with the winner of each game to play the final for the Capital Challenge on Sunday 6 June. The losers of the semi-finals will playoff for third and fourth as the curtain raiser to the final.
Spokesman for Dublin City, Garret Molloy said "Last years event was a fantastic event, which we were proud to be a part of. The interest from the different capital cities in Britain and Europe shows that Rugby League is alive and kicking, and I certainly am looking forward to getting over to London and bringing the trophy back to Dublin".
All teams that are competing will select players from the club teams within their capital city.
The 2003 event was preceded by a corporate dinner, held at the Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury, which was a huge success. Once again a corporate dinner will be a part of the proceedings for the 2004 Capital Challenge. As yet, the details for the dinner are not available, however, if any companies would like to express an interest in booking a table, please contact the Skolars office on 020 8888 8488.