Rugby chiefs trying hard for World Cup

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Hopes over bid to stage big matches at Keepmoat

the bid to bring Rugby World Cup matches to Doncaster moved a step closer to touchdown with a team effort.

Doncaster’s bid document, which outlines how the borough could successfully host a World Cup team and games for the 2013 tournament, has been handed over.

A group made up of the Keepmoat Stadium, the Dons, Doncaster Council and Doncaster Tourism has been working closely with business leaders and sports teams to get their support for the proposal.

Shane Chalmers, chief executive of the Stadium Management Company, said: “Bringing World Cup rugby to Doncaster would be a huge coup for the town. We know we have fantastic facilities, and big sporting events bring a fantastic boost to the local economy.

“The stadium is a superb 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.”

The 2013 tournament will be the 14th staging of the Rugby League World Cup and it will be hosted jointly by England and Wales.

Chris Dungworth, of Invest in Doncaster, said: “We have worked really hard over the last few weeks to raise the profile of our Rugby World Cup bid and a great deal of partnership work has taken place to get us to this stage.

“We have been delighted by the response from businesses and sporting clubs backing Doncaster’s bid to be in with a chance of becoming a host town.”

Big events are a real boost to the local economy with last year’s St Leger Festival generating an estimated £10m for the Doncaster economy.

Colin Joy, from Doncaster Tourism, said: “Becoming a host town for a large event like this will have a real positive impact on Doncaster. The tournament will attract many visitors to the town and will no doubt mirror the buzz created around St Leger time.”