RUGBY league legend Ellery Hanley has thrown his weight behind Doncaster’s 2013 World Cup bid.
The former Great Britain and England star, who coached the Dons for the 2007/8 season, has pledged his allegiance to the Keepmoat Stadium’s bid to bring world class rugby to the town.
The Keepmoat Stadium is in the running to host matches at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup - and the Lakeside complex may also be used as a training base by one of the competing nations.
Local businesses and residents are being urged to sign up and support Doncaster’s bid on a newly-launched website: www.backthedoncasterbid.co.uk.
Ellery Hanley said: “South Yorkshire folk need to get behind the community stadium and ‘Back the Bid’ - it’s a top class venue and sports fans who visit are given a great experience time after time.
“It would prove to be a fantastic asset for the tournament organisers if the Keepmoat Stadium’s impressive facilities are utilised.”
Shane Chalmers, chief executive of the Stadium Management Company, said: “Having Ellery on board with our campaign to bring World Cup action to the Keepmoat Stadium is fantastic.
“But we also need Yorkshire residents behind us to be in with a chance of being amongst the venues given the honour of hosting a World Cup match.”
The 2013 Rugby League World Cup will be the fourteenth staging of the tournament and will be jointly hosted by England and Wales.
New Zealand are the defending champions having defeated Australia in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup final.
For more information about the Doncaster’s World Cup bid visit www.backthedoncasterbid.co.uk or call 01302 762560.