Jamaica comes to The Jungle!
Posted: Thursday 16th September 2021 - 9:30 AM
On Friday, 15th October international rugby is coming to The Mend-A-Hose Jungle when England Knights take on Jamaica!
The fixture will be Jordan Turner’s testimonial match, with 2021 being his testimonial season in recognition of his terrific service to rugby league so far in his career. Turner could be set to feature for the Jamaican side as they prepare for the Rugby League World Cup in the autumn of 2022.
It will be the first England Knights match for two years, their last being against Jamaica back in 2019, and will provide a great test for young stars to get international experience.
Discussing his testimonial match, Jordan Turner said: “I would like to personally invite you all to head down to The Mend-A-Hose Jungle on 15th October to my testimonial game Jamaica vs England Knights.
I would like to thank all my former clubs and their supporters for being a big part of my journey over the years and would love for you to come and watch a great spectacle.
Finally, to the fantastic Castleford fans, I’d like to wish a huge thank you to you all for this season, the support I have felt this year has been a big part of rediscovering my love for the game. Hope to see you on the 15th. One love.”
Paul Anderson, Knights Head Coach commented on the news saying: “After the frustrations of the last two seasons, it’s important and exciting to have another Knights fixture to look forward to, and we’re also delighted to do our bit in supporting Jamaica in their World Cup preparations, and the testimonial of Jordan Turner.
“Our last game against Jamaica was a really enjoyable occasion and a very worthwhile contest, and we’re looking forward to a repeat of that which will provide valuable international experience for a group of young players who have already been identified as potential contenders for the 2025 World Cup.”
Jermaine Coleman, Jamaica coach shared his delight about the fixture and said: “We’re super excited to have the opportunity to play two games and spend some time together as a group. It’s been a very difficult year for everyone and the light at the end of the tunnel was a World Cup. Unfortunately, that was taken away so we’re all very thankful to the work Alex Simmons, Jason Robinson and Romeo Monteith have done to provide us with the opportunity to play two fixtures.
“The England Knights game will be special to celebrate the achievements of Jordan Turner and his career so far. The Scotland Test is a fantastic opportunity for us to measure our progression against a seasoned international team, that will be a great challenge that we are all looking forward to.”
Further England international matches have also now been confirmed with England’s Men and Women playing a double header against France in Perpignan on Saturday, 23rd October – with the Women’s game kicking off at 2pm French time (1pm BST), followed by the Men’s Test at 4.30pm local time (3.30pm BST).
The England Wheelchair team will host France, the reigning world champions, in a two-Test series at Medway Park, Gillingham on November 10th and 13th – with those matches kicking off at 7.30pm and 6pm respectively.
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