Rugby bosses praise Doncaster’s World Cup bid

Venue tour: Carl Hall, Chris Dungworth, Julie Nichol and Dean Wiffen show Jon Dutton the Keepmoat Stadium.

Venue tour: Carl Hall, Chris Dungworth, Julie Nichol and Dean Wiffen show Jon Dutton the Keepmoat Stadium.

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RUGBY League bosses who will decide whether Doncaster hosts matches in the 2013 rugby league World Cup have praised the borough’s bid.

Officials, who visited the town to discuss the bid told the team behind the campaign they were impressed by the support shown by businesses, sporting clubs and individuals wanting to bring world cup rugby to Doncaster.

Jon Dutton, RFL Host Cities Manager, and Martin Flynn, RFL Regional Development Manager, toured the Keepmoat Stadium, met the bid team and visited two Doncaster hotels, the Earl of Doncaster and the Holiday Inn.

Shane Chalmers, chief executive of the Stadium Management Company, which is taking a prominent role in the bid, said: “It was great to welcome the RFL to Doncaster. We showed them the superb facilities we have on offer and talked 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 time after time.”

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

The tournament 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 Rugby League World Cup final.

Chris Dungworth, of 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 over the moon that the RFL officials were really impressed.”

Organisers are urging residents to back the bid. People can show their support to back the bid by visiting www.backthedoncasterbid.co.uk or by tweeting using the #BackDoncaster tag.

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