28 November 2011

The Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium will be a leading venue in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, it has been announced.

The Rugby Football League confirmed on Monday that the stadium will host one group game and a quarter final.

Wrexham’s successful bid to host games at the tournament came via a partnership between the university, Wrexham Council and community organisations.

Wrexham will also host a team base camp and training venue.

Dr Allan Howells, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Glyndŵr University, said: “We’re looking forward to bringing the world to Wrexham and I’m delighted that the university will be at the forefront of what will be a world class event.

“We are committed to working in partnership to support socio-economic development in the region and events like this show that the Racecourse Stadium is here just as much for the community as the university.

“The event is a chance to put Wrexham on the world stage and show the world what we can achieve as part of a close knit community here in the town.”

Adam Fuller, President of Glyndŵr University Students’ Guild, said: “It’s fantastic that we’re getting a quarter final at the Racecourse. It will be a chance for students to come and see world class rugby league at its peak, right on their doorstep.”

Cllr Bob Dutton OBE, Lead Member for Communities and Performance at Wrexham Council, said: “We’re delighted that the RFL has chosen the Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium as a venue for the world cup. We’re now on a two year countdown to what will be the biggest event in rugby league history.”

2013 Rugby League World Cup Tournament Director Nigel Wood said: “I would like to congratulate Wrexham who have been successful in their bid to host matches in what I am confident will be a World Cup that enhances the UK’s golden decade of sport.

“We experienced massive interest in hosting matches from all across Europe and the bidding process proved to be hugely competitive.

“In putting together their bid over the last 12 months, Wrexham have demonstrated a level of commitment that gives us confidence that the 2013 Rugby League World Cup will exceed everyone’s expectations.

“It has been a fantastic and inspiring bidding process and we have been extremely impressed with the quality, detail and diverse nature of the host bids received.”

Fourteen nations have qualified for the final stages, which will be broadcast to 120 countries around the world. They will play in four groups as follows — Group A: Australia, England, Fiji, Ireland; Group B: New Zealand, France, Papua New Guinea, Samoa; Group C: Scotland, Tonga, Italy; Group D: Wales, Cook Islands, USA.

A total of 34 bids, comprising 30 stadia, 47 team training sites and 87 team base camps, were submitted to the RFL.

Each of the bidding hosts underwent a detailed inspection from a 2013 team to examine the various sites venue specifications, as well as evaluating the enthusiasm and commitment of each bidding host.

Upwards of half a million people are expected to watch the 28 matches live over a six-week period in the autumn of 2013 with a further 20 million viewers from 120 countries tuning in around the world.

You can lend your support to Wrexham 2013 by visiting the official Facebook page www.facebook.com/rugbywrexham2013.

You can also find out more about the 2013 Rugby League World Cup Online at www.rlwc2013.com.