Keepmoat boss World Cup talks

Talks: Shane Chalmers
Talks: Shane Chalmers
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THE team behind the bid to bring World Cup rugby league to Doncaster in 2013 are set to meet with the town’s Mayor.

Shane Chalmers, chief executive of the Stadium Management Company, and Carl Hall, owner of the Doncaster Dons, will meet with Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies to seek the council’s support.

Mr Chalmers said: “We are looking forward to meeting with the Mayor to talk about our hopes and aspirations to bring World Cup Rugby to Doncaster.

“We are already in discussions with the RFL regarding the World Cup and hope to be in with a chance of being amongst the venues given the honour of hosting a World Cup match.

“The stadium is a fantastic venue and sports fans who visit us are given a great experience. Winning the Match Day Experience Award at the Stadium Business Awards was a great testament to what we are capable of.

“We will continue to work closely with our sporting clubs and the governing bodies for these sports to place Doncaster firmly on the map as the place to hold these high-profile events.”

The 2013 Rugby League World Cup will the 14th tournament.

It will be held in the United Kingdom and hosted by England and Wales.

New Zealand are the defending champions having defeated Australia in the 2008 final.

The Keepmoat already has a track record for high- profile rugby league games.

It has in the past been the venue for a Challenge Cup semi-final between Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Hull FC, and for England international games against Wales and France.

Carl Hall, owner of the Dons, said: “We need the support of the town to make this bid work and we see this meeting with the Mayor as a key step forward.

“It would be a fantastic coup for the town to play a significant part in the 2013 World Cup and I am proud to be working with the SMC towards this goal.”