Stags Can't Wait

Stags Can't Wait

  • London Rugby League to be represented in force when Wigan Warriors face Catalans Dragons

  • Harpenden Roosters, St Albans Centurions, Medway Dragons and Hemel Stags junior teams all to play at half-time

  • Wigan Warriors face Catalans Dragons at The Den on Saturday 5 September, tickets still available

London Rugby League will be represented in force on Saturday 5 September when four junior teams take to the field for two junior games.

Under 9s teams from Harpenden Roosters, St Albans Centurions, Medway Dragons and Hemel Stags will face-off at half-time of the Warriors’ clash with Catalans.

Gareth Swindlles, a junior coach at Hemel Stags admits some youngsters in London might struggle to sleep on Friday night.

“They’re all ridiculously excited already,” he said. “To get to play on the same pitch as Wigan Warriors is just huge and the kids can’t wait. We’re really happy that the Club have been able to give some of our junior players an opportunity like this.”

A former Rugby Union player himself, Gareth took up Rugby League almost a decade ago.

“The Rugby Union Club I was at went out of business so with Hemel Stags just around the corner from me and my uncle coaching there I went down and tried it out.

“I absolutely loved it and was hooked. I played for them for several years and started to follow the sport closely and also became a Wigan fan, I often travel up to the DW Stadium to watch the Warriors play so it’s great that we can have a game down here.”

Hemel Stags Juniors

On the Warriors hosting a game in London, Gareth said:

“It’s fantastic for the game down here, a real shot in the arm. There’s a few clubs dotted about down here now and it’s starting to build some momentum, Wigan have Tony Clubb and Dan Sarginson and there’s quite a few other Londoners playing in Super League so the talent is definitely coming through.

“My son plays for the Stags and looks up to Dan with him having come up through the ranks here. His dream is to play for Wigan!”

Group packages are still available for Wigan Warriors’ game with Catalans Dragons in London on Saturday 5 September. Discounts start for groups of just 10 or more, for details contact Amanda Wilkinson -

For all other tickets CLICK HERE, call the Ticket Hotline – 0871 6633 552 or visit the DW Stadium Ticket Office.

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