Parliamentary Rugby League Group welcomes reaffirmed Government support for 2021 World Cup bid
Members of the Parliamentary Rugby League Group have welcomed the Government’s reaffirmed commitment to support the UK’s bid to host the Rugby League World Cup in 2021.
In the Budget yesterday, Chancellor George Osborne once again confirmed the Government’s support for a bid to host the tournament in the Northern Powerhouse in 2021.
The UK last hosted the tournament in 2013, when Australia eventually beat New Zealand to be crowned World Champions in front of a capacity crowd at Old Trafford. The 2017 tournament will be staged in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, with the 2021 hosts to be announced in October 2016.
Group Chairman and MP for Leeds North West, Greg Mulholland, welcomed the Government’s support for the bid. He said, “the 2013 Rugby League World Cup was the best yet, and I am delighted that the Government has recognised the potential of hosting this major international sporting event in the United Kingdom once more. I look forward to seeing more details on how the Government plans to support the bid.”
Vice-Chairman and MP for Colne Valley, Jason McCartney gave his thoughts, saying “I am pleased the Government has decided to support a bid to host the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, and hope that a successful bid will help to further build the profile of the sport across the UK.”
MP for St Helens South and Whiston and Group Secretary, Marie Rimmer, commented “a successful 2021 World Cup hosted by the UK would have the potential to engage the entire country. The UK is home to a number of world class stadiums such as Langtree Park and I hope that the Government’s support will mean that the UK’s bid is successful.”