World Cup bid still in the running

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REPRESENTATIVES from Doncaster’s sporting and leisure industry will be hoping to impress rugby leaders when they pay a visit to find out more about the facilities on offer.

Officials from the Rugby Football League will be checking out leisure and hotel facilities in the borough following the town’s bid to bring World Cup Rugby to Doncaster in 2013.

A group - made up of the Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster Dons, Doncaster Council and Doncaster Tourism - has been working with business leaders and sports teams across the borough to outline how the town could successfully host a world cup team and games for the tournament.

Jon Dutton, RFL Host Cities Manager, and Martin Flynn, RFL Regional Development Manager, will be touring the Keepmoat Stadium, meeting the bid team, and visiting two Doncaster hotels, the Earl of Doncaster in Bennetthorpe and the Holiday Inn at Warmsworth.

Shane Chalmers, chief executive of the Stadium Management Company said: “We are all looking forward to welcoming the RFL to Doncaster.

“We have superb facilities to show them and are fully geared up to talk them through our bid.

“We believe that Doncaster is perfectly placed to be a host town and bringing World Cup Rugby to the region would be a huge coup. The stadium is a fantastic venue and sports fans who visit us are given a great experience.”

The 2013 Rugby League World Cup will be the 14th staging of the Rugby League World Cup.

The tournament will be held in the UK and hosted by England and Wales. New Zealand are the defending champions having defeated Australia in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup final.

Chris Dungworth, from Invest in Doncaster, said: “Businesses and residents from across Doncaster have worked together to get us this far in our bid.

“We are extremely proud of what we have to offer and we are sure that the RFL officials will be impressed.”

People can show their support by visiting the www.backthedoncasterbid.co.uk website or by tweeting using the #BackDoncaster tag.