Lebanese community excited for Cedars debut in World Cup 9s
With not long until the inaugural Downer Rugby League World Cup 9s (RLWC 9s) kicks off at Bankwest Stadium, the Lebanese community in Australia is coming together to back their Cedars from October 18-19, 2019.
With 28 matches over two-days, the Downer RLWC 9s will see stars from 12 nations including Australia, New Zealand, Lebanon, France, England, Wales, Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, PNG and USA go head-to-head in the fast-paced, action packed short form of rugby league.
The new format features nine players a side, and is fast paced and free-flowing with nine minute halves, unlimited interchanges and a bonus try zone.
A historic Community Ambassador Program involves the appointment of 20 Lebanese Community leaders in Sydney to help promote the Lebanon matches and the competition as a whole.
Lebanese-Australian actor, writer, MC and comedian Rob Shehadie threw his support behind the World Cup.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our Lebanese community and culture in Sydney and around the world as we celebrate the Downer Rugby League World Cup 9s in this new format,” he said.
Being an ex-footballer, when I heard it was nine minutes I thought I might have a chance of making a come-back... and then I found out that it was nine minutes each half, so I think I’ll just stay in the stands and eat my baklava.
Remy Wehbe, CEO of Wehbe Group and community ambassador, said he is extremely excited to see the community come together for the event.
“We are proud to be a part of this historic Community Ambassador Program,” he explained.
“As leaders, we recognise the importance of making sure the Lebanese community, in particular our younger ones, are aware and engaged, and come out in full force to celebrate the Lebanese players.”
The Downer RLWC 9s was launched at Bankwest Stadium last year by NSW Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres, NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall, Downer Group Head of Corporate Affairs and Investor Relations Michael Sharp, and NRL CEO Todd Greenberg.
“The best players in the world will be on show in this completely unique concept over the course of two days at the brand new Western Sydney Stadium,” Greenberg said.
The whole week will be a celebration of rugby league in Western Sydney, with a number of community initiatives planned.
During the launch, Australia Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga also said the World Cup 9s will be an important concept to grow the game globally.
The Downer RLWC 9s will be the Rugby League International Federation’s marquee tournament in 2019 and will be shown live on Channel Nine and around the world.
Lebanon will take on France on Friday October 18, before facing off against England and Wales on Saturday October 19.
DOWNER RLWC 9s EVENT DETAILS
WHEN: October 18-19, 2019
WHERE: Bankwest Stadium
Tickets available here: http://bit.ly/RLWCNines
Enter password Lebanon11 to support the community ambassador program