World Cup bid head to head against 24

DONCASTER faces competition from 24 other towns and cities in its bid to stage matches during the 2013 rugby league world cup.

The 25 hosting bids cover 30 stadiums, 47 team training sites and 87 training camps, it has been revealed after the applications were submitted for the competition.

Limerick and Bristol are among the applicants, although the rest are from the game’s traditional heartlands.

An announcement on the chosen venues is expected at the end of this year.

Carl Hall, chief executive of Doncaster Rugby League Club said: “Doncaster’s bid to be a host town for the Rugby League World Cup 2013 event has now been submitted.

“We have worked in partnership with many organisations on our bid and are confident that our bid meets all of the criteria set out by the RFL (Rugby Football League).

“We believe that Doncaster is perfectly placed to be a host town and bringing World Cup Rugby League to the region would be a huge coup.

“The Keepmoat Stadium is a fantastic venue and sports fans who visit us are given a great experience time after time.

The Keepmoat has already hosted England international games in the sport, as well as a challenge cup semi-final.

The 2013 Rugby League World Cup will be the fourteenth staging of the Rugby League World Cup. The tournament will be held in the United Kingdom and hosted by England and Wales.

New Zealand are the defending champions having defeated Australia in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup final.

Sally Bolton, the RFL’s director of projects, and plannning, said: It has been a fantastic and inspiring few months and we have been encouraged and impressed with the quality, detail and diverse nature of the proposed partnerships we have seen.”

Elected mayor Peter Davies has already given the application his support on behalf of Doncaster Council, following meetings with the Doncaster club.

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