November decision

Carl Hall, Tony Miller and Peter Davies, Mayor of Doncaster, pictured at the Keepmoat Stadium, where they officially collected the Doncaster Rugby World cup 2013 bid. Picture: Marie Caley D2286MC
Carl Hall, Tony Miller and Peter Davies, Mayor of Doncaster, pictured at the Keepmoat Stadium, where they officially collected the Doncaster Rugby World cup 2013 bid. Picture: Marie Caley D2286MC

DONCASTER’S 2013 Rugby World Cup bid team will find out in November whether the town has been chosen to be a host venue.

The RFL this week declared themselves delighted and encouraged by both the number and the quality of the submitted bids it has received.

Mayor Peter Davies joined Dons duo Carl Hall and Tony Miller at the Keepmoat Stadium last week to put the finishing touches to Doncaster’s bid.

Prospective host cities up and down the country have been asked to meet the RFL’s venue specifications as well as demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to making the 2013 World Cup the best event in the sport’s history.

All bids will now go forward to be assessed, before site visits are carried out and final submissions made by July 15.

The host cities for the tournament will be announced in November this year.

Sally Bolton, the RFL’s Director of Projects and Planning, said: “The number of bids received is in excess of the number of matches and team camps we have available to award so we now have some very tough decisions to make.

“We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the bidding towns and cities for their efforts in preparing their bids and meeting the required deadline.”

The 2013 England and Wales World Cup will involve 14 nations.

Australia, Cook Islands, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Scotland, Tonga and Wales have all been confirmed as competing nations, and they will be joined by one more European qualifer and an Atlantic qualifier.