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|Cardiff And Bristol World Cup Venues|
|Topic Started: Nov 26 2011, 11:55 PM (463 Views)|
|stacey||Nov 26 2011, 11:55 PM Post #1|
Memorial Stadium: Set to host World Cup games
Cardiff and Bristol are set to be unveiled as host cities for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.
The Millennium Stadium and Bristol's Memorial Stadium are thought to be among the chosen venues, which will be announced by the Rugby Football League at Salford's MediaCityUK on Monday morning.
It will be the first international rugby league game to be played in Bristol for more than 100 years, while Filton College is set to provide a base for one of the competing teams.
Bristol City's Ashton Gate hosted a fixture between Australia and a West and Wales team, which the tourists won 23-3, in December 1911.
The latest initiative came from the South West Rugby League community, spearheaded by the ambitious Bristol Sonics club, with both professional football clubs joining a consortium along with Bristol City Council and South Gloucestershire Council.
The Sonics were formed nine years ago and run two open-age teams in the Rugby League Conference, as well as six junior clubs.
Nearby Gloucester was a host for the last World Cup to be held in the United Kingdom in 2000, along with other non-traditional venues like Reading and Belfast, but the RFL are thought to have opted to concentrate the competition largely in the game's heartlands after incurring heavy losses 11 years ago.
A total of 34 bids, comprising 30 stadia, 47 team training sites and 87 team base camps, were submitted to the RFL by the July deadline, with each undergoing a detailed inspection from the 2013 team.
Nigel Wood, 2013 Rugby League World Cup tournament director, will announce the venues for group games and quarter-finals along with the names of the towns that are hosting team base camps and training sites.
He said: "It has been a fantastic and inspiring bidding process and we have been extremely impressed with the quality, detail and diverse nature of the host bids received."
The final will be held on November 30, 2013, with Old Trafford tipped as the likely venue.
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