Date published: 16 October 2013
Fijian born Rochdale resident Voate Drui (81). Fiji’s link with Rochdale means the south pacific islanders will be very much at home against Ireland in the Rugby League World Cup
Rochdale’s well documented links with the South Pacific date back to the early 1960s when Hornets took the innovative step of recruiting Fijian players.
Rochdale also boasts the biggest UK Fijian community outside London and many Fijians will be making the trip across the globe to watch their national team play, and thousands more will be watching on television as the game is beamed to millions across the world.
Fiji has been designated by tournament organisers as the adopted nation of Rochdale for the duration of the tournament, and to celebrate The Flying Horse Hotel will be serving a traditional Fijian menu on the day of the game in addition to some Irish specialities. Nearby Mayfield Rugby Club are staging a Fiji Day celebration the day before the game too.
Tickets for the Rochdale game starting at £10 (£5 concessions) are available to purchase online at www.rlwc2013.com or by phoning 0844 847 2013. Tickets for all games in the tournament - including Rochdale’s are also available in person from Spotland Stadium box office.