Lane makes impression

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Sheffield’s bid to host key matches for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane stadium has come under the spotlight.

Officials from the Rugby Football League visited the venue and associated facilities to consider the city’s bid.

Jon Dutton, the 2013 Rugby World Cup Host Cities Manager, said Sheffield had made a strong bid. “My first impressions are really positive.

“The relationship that the football club and the Eagles have is impressive and, although it’s not unique, it’s getting on for that.

“We have been to see the Sheffield Academy, which has some fantastic facilities. Our aspiration for all the stadia we use is to see full crowds and lots of enthusiasm.”

Mark Aston, chief executive of Sheffield Eagles, added: “If we get the opportunity to host a RL World Cup match at Bramall Lane it will probably be one of the biggest achievements for Rugby League in South Yorkshire for many years.

“To stage a major RL World Cup game would also help the development of rugby league in Sheffield and help with our ultimate aim of bringing Super League back to the City of Sport.”

The 2013 Rugby League World Cup will be the 14th staging of the tournament and will kick off in October 2013.