A spectacular weekend of rugby league for Cramlington Rockets

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With a veritable rugby league feast coming up this weekend, Cramlington Rockets are hoping to see all their members out in force across three days of action.

On Friday, all members are going to watch local side Gateshead Thunder take on league leaders Hunslet Hawks at 8pm at Gateshead International Stadium.

Before the game, all the coaches have been invited to a talk-in with Super League legend and current Thunder coach Stanley Gene.

On Saturday, an U12s merit team take on Gateshead Storm U11s in a friendly at Cramlington while the U13s, fresh from going top of the table, travel to Wallsend to take part in a charity nines festival as part of Wallsend’s 25th anniversary celebrations.

As well as a selection of fun and games for all the family, the Rockets can look forward to taking on teams from both locally and Yorkshire.

On the same day, the North East Academy U16s have a huge game against Leeds Rhinos, kicking off at Winlaton RFC at noon. With several Rockets U16s are in the squad, including England international Jake Woods, it promises to be a terrific battle.

Then the action continues straight after at 2.30pm when North East Academy U20s take on Leigh Centurions in another exciting clash for the region.

Again, there are a number of ex-Rockets in the squad for what promises to be a tricky affair for the local side.

Then to wrap things up, on Sunday at noon the U14s turn out in the U14s National Championship as they welcome East Leeds to Cramlington, with both sides in the hunt for a place in the semi-finals.

Club chairman Jeff Ball is hoping for a good turnout across the whole weekend.

He said: “These few days are going to be massive for the club and with the best part of 400 members, I really hope everyone can get down and support our lads and Thunder in what will be some crucial games.

“Sunday will be the first time we’ve had the U14s play in the National Cup and it will be incredibly tough against another good side from Leeds.

“To get a good crowd down to support the lads will be crucial and could make the difference for the boys getting through to the semi-finals.”