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Paras v Marines: Free tickets for veterans as rugby goes to war in Salford

This Sunday will see a bitter rivalry on display at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford as Parachute Regiment rugby stars come out against the Royal Marines for the annual Trafalgar Cup.

Kicking off at 12.45pm before the Salford Red Devils play Hull KR at 3pm, all serving and ex-armed forces personnel can get through the gates to see both matches for free.

This is probably the best deal offered in Super League for all armed forces, past and present, so get yourself down nice and early, soak up the atmosphere and watch as two of the military’s biggest rivals take each other on a different battlefield.

Both teams represent the elite of the British military. From ‘P’ Company to Commando school, these two very different sections of the armed forces have some of the toughest selection and training regimes of any military in the world.

With the Marines holding sway 7-5 since the first Trafalgar Cup back in 1998, and the teams sharing the spoils in 2009, the green berets will want to retain the trophy and extend their lead at the AJ Bell on Sunday

Tickets can be reserved for veterans and their guests by either calling the club on 0161 786 1570 and ask for Wendy, or you can email her at wendy@ajbellstadium.co.uk.

Then on game day simply go to the ticket office, produce a valid ID card, Veterans Badge or Association/Royal British Legion Membership Card (or other proof of service) and you can claim your tickets.

Tickets are NOT available on the day, so booking is strongly advised.

With Salford hoping to put right their mistakes from the last time they played Rovers, the main event itself could well be a classic.

At the very least it will be the deciding game to see which team makes the final playoff place or heads into the Super League middle eight.

Read: Super League top 8 not out of reach as Salford Red Devils slip past Dragons

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Andrew Riley is a former soldier who is currently studying journalism at the University of Salford. He is originally from Hull, where he grew to love rugby league by following Hull KR. When not writing for SalfordOnline.com or studying, he covers the Armed Forces rugby league for a number of outlets.