Rugby League venues keen to replicate the experience of welcoming the 450,000 fans that attended the 2013 World Cup can take heart from government support to the RFL bid to host the 2021 event.
The RFL stated it welcome the announcement by Chancellor George Osborne that the Government will support a bid by the UK for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup. The decision by the Government to support a bid, follows a successful 2015 International Series in which England beat the number one team in the world New Zealand in front of more than 90,000 spectators at Hull, London and Wigan.
Speaking following the announcement, RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood, said:
We are delighted that the RFL’s interest in bidding for the Rugby League World Cup has government support.
The UK has a deserved reputation for staging world class events and the RFL has demonstrated its own ability to deliver in recent years. We believe with the right level of national support, up to and including the World Cup in 2021, there is a real opportunity to build further on the successful 2013 World Cup and move the sport onto a new level, delivering an unprecedented event that showcases Rugby League to the whole world.
Bringing another world class sporting tournament to the UK will undoubtedly excite the entire nation and we will work with partners to ensure that if the UK is to host the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, it will be the biggest and best ever staged.