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SONICS ‘DELIGHTED’ BY INTERNATIONAL RL’S RETURN

Bristol Sonics Chairman Phil Cole has expressed his delight at news that the Rugby League World Cup will be coming to the city in 2013.This morning the Rugby Football League announced that Bristol’s Memorial Stadium, home of Bristol Rovers and Bristol RFC, has been chosen to host a match in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.The group stage game, due to take place in November 2013, will be the first international Rugby League match to take place in Bristol since 1911, when Australia beat The West & Wales 23-3.Phil Cole, Chairman of the South West’s premier community Rugby League club, Bristol Sonics, has called the decision ‘far-sighted’ and ‘a shot in the arm for the sport in the city’.Cole, a Bristol native and Rugby League convert who helped found the Sonics in 2002, said: ‘Everyone at the Bristol Sonics is naturally delighted by this far-sighted decision from the Rugby Football League (RFL) and the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF). As a Bristolian I’m thrilled that the city will play host to a match in such a prestigious global event, and as a Rugby League fan I’m overjoyed that the sport’s premier competition is coming to my city.’This is a shot in the arm for Rugby League in the city. It will give all of us in the community game something to work towards. It’s a huge thing for the sport in the South West.’The success of Bristol’s bid to be one of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup host cities is thanks to the hard work of a consortium including representatives of Bristol Sonics, Bristol City Council, South Gloucestershire Council, Bristol Rovers FC, Bristol City FC, the WESPORT Sports Partnership and Destination Bristol, the city’s tourism marketing body.The city of Bristol stands to

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SONICS TO HOLD AGM ON WEDNESDAY 23RD NOVEMBER 2011

Bristol Sonics are holding their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 23rd November 2011 at Filton College WISE Campus, New Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol BS34 8LP. The meeting will start at 7pm prompt with all attendees asked to meet in the reception area 5 minutes before.Chairman Phil Cole and Head Coach Karl Fearnley are urging all players, current and potential volunteers, and supporters to attend, describing the AGM as ‘crucial to the club’s plans for the 2012 season.”Last season was undoubtedly our most successful yet with the club making big strides in both the open age and junior game as well as in our off-pitch activities’ said Chairman Cole. ‘But the key to the club’s continued growth will be our ability to recruit and retain the right mix of volunteers to support the various initiatives for 2012 and beyond. We’ve identified and defined a number of roles that need to be filled so we’ll be looking to match volunteers to these roles at the AGM where possible although the door is always open for new volunteers to get involved.’