World Cup Eagles bank on Lane lure

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SHEFFIELD has made its case to bring Rugby League World Cup games to the city in 2013 with Bramall Lane the focal point.

The hope is that the Blades’ 32,000-seater stadium will be given the nod by the Rugby Football League as the venue for games involving the holders New Zealand or Australia. One of those nations could also be based in the city with the carrot being offered the use of United’s training complex at Shirecliffe. The bid involves Eagles, Sheffield United, Hallam University and the Council.

Eagles coach Mark Aston said: “We’ve been working hard with the council, United and Hallam to fetch some part of the World Cup. The bid is in. Success would be a massive boost to Sheffield. We’d love to be the host city for Australia or New Zealand which would help us promote rugby league in the city.”

The Eagles are in their second season of playing most of their home Championship games at the Lane.

Aston said: “The hope that is that in the next few weeks the bid people will come and see the training facilities and Bramall Lane. United has said that a team based in the city could train at their Academy.”

An RFL spokesman said a decision on a shortlist would be taken by July.

The final decision will be taken by the RFL executive directors with the successful bids announced in November.

The 14-team cup will be played in the autumn of 2013.