Leicester Storm to take on Royal Artillery for RVL Hero Shield

on Monday, 23 February 2015. Posted in News

Leicester Storm Rugby League Club will host the Royal Artillery’s Rugby League ‘Gunners’ team at Victoria Park on Saturday 28th February (2:00pm), as the two sides battle it out for the RVL Hero Shield.


In what has become a regular pre-season fixture in recent years, the Storm will be looking to regain the Hero Shield, currently held by a Gunners outfit that boasts a number of talented individuals from across the regiment that have also represented the Army previously.

For the Storm, the clash against the Gunners at Victoria Park will provide a penultimate warm-up ahead of the new Conference League South campaign, which gets underway against Torfaen Tigers on Saturday 21st March, also taking place at Victoria Park.

Meanwhile, the Hero Shield fixture for the Royal Artillery will act as a pre-cursor to the 2015 Corps Championship, with the Gunners also set to take on Nottingham Outlaws on 14th March.

Ty Watson, Chairman of Leicester Storm Rugby League, said:

“Every year, everybody associated with the Storm looks forward to taking on the Royal Artillery. Not only has it become an important part of the club’s preparations for the new league season, it provides a wonderful advert for the game of rugby league in Leicester. With the game taking place at Victoria Park, I hope a number of people make the trip down to watch what promises to be a fantastic game.”

Dean Thomas, Leicester Storm’s director of rugby, added:

“The Royal Artillery side is packed with some very talented players, many of whom have ties to Papa New Guinea, which is a country with strong links to rugby league. Not only are these guys the best in their corps, many have represented the Army and have returned from duty for this game. However, we’re in good shape ahead of the new season and the recent game against Valley Cougars in the Challenge Cup showed just how much we have developed during the close-season, so Saturday’s game should provide an excellent spectacle. We’d love to see a good crowd down at Victoria Park to take a look at what rugby’s other code has to offer in Leicester.”