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Nigel Wood says RLWC2013 will be a success
Topic Started: Mar 2 2012, 03:31 PM (1,066 Views)
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By Thomas McCooey Code13 - As Super League gets into full-swing, and discussions about expanding the World Club Challenge surface once again, we also mustn't forget we have a World Cup to host at the end of next season. Talk about the 14 team tournament, to be played in across four countries, has been relatively quiet of late, but Nigel Wood, RFL chief executive and RLWC2013 tournament director, assured Code13 that plans are going well and the tournament will be a success.

"Everything's exceptionally good. We've had some really encouraging progress from the existing host cities. We've just finished recruiting dedicated media and marketing staff and everything's progressing really well."

A number of host cities have already been announced, covering the training bases, group stage games and quarter finals, but Rugby League fans are still awaiting venues to be announced for the opening ceremony, semi-finals and the final itself. Wood has promised an announcement on these venues will be made in the coming weeks.

Wood also revealed that details of how fans can get hold of tickets for what is hoped to be the best tournament since England hosted the centenary tournament in 1995 will be announced this summer, "The ticketing strategy probably will be announced mid-year. We will have a pre-order facility for certain categories of supporters who want to register their interest, so everything's progressing really well."

The way in which supporters will be placed into categories has not yet been set into stone, but it will be announced along with the ticketing strategy. Wood explains, "Everybody who has a good claim to be considered as a preferred purchaser will get that opportunity. That's central to the policy."

Although a venue is yet to be announced, plans for the opening ceremony are already underway, and with the competition standing shoulder to shoulder with the 2012 London Olympics, and the 2015 Rugby Union World Cup (also to be held in England) Wood is aware that the sport needs to make a good account of its growing international credentials,

"The creative people are working on that now, and we're certain that the opening ceremony will be an outstanding event, not just from a sporting perspective but also from the wider entertainment offer."

As for 2012, no internationals have appeared on the calendar as yet, in a year when England's preparation, once again, will be key to their chances in the tournament, but Wood has confirmed there will be England fixtures this season.

"There will be internationals, we're just finalising the calendar. We'll probably make an announcement in the next fortnight."

England head coach Steve McNamara will announce his 2012 Elite Training Squad next week.
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