The UK’s Parliamentary Rugby League Group has welcomed the announcement made by Chancellor George Osborne in the Autumn Statement yesterday (25 Nov) that the British Government will support a bid by the United Kingdom to host the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.
The tournament was last staged in the UK in 2013, when 14 nations competed across 21 venues. 450,000 spectators attended, with Australia eventually beating New Zealand to be crowned World Champions in front of a capacity crowd at Old Trafford.
Group Chairman, Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland welcomed the news, and said “after the UK hosted an excellent Rugby League World Cup in 2013 I am delighted that the Government has lent it’s support to a bid for the 2021 World Cup. I am sure that if the UK is successful in bidding for the 2021 World Cup, it will be even better than the 2013 tournament.”
Responding to a question from Mulholland, Osborne said “I am glad that the hon. Gentleman has noticed the bid that we have made for the rugby league world cup. Let us just hope that England, and indeed all the home teams, are a bit more successful than we were in the rugby union world cup.”
St Helens South and Whiston MP and Group Secretary, Marie Rimmer, added “after the success of the recent international test series between England and New Zealand, which saw a net attendance of over 90,000 it is great that the Government has recognised the potential of the UK hosting another major international sporting event. I am sure that the 2021 World Cup would also be a great success if hosted by the UK, and would engage the entire country.”