Wales and England have won the right to stage the Rugby League World Cup and are set to reap economic benefits of being host nation for a major international sporting event.
The tournament will play host to 14 nations, take place from October 26 to November 30 2013 and be broadcast in over 120 countries around the world.
First Minister for Wales, Carwyn Jones AM said: “It is a privilege for Wales to be given this opportunity. We saw tremendous success during the 1995 World Cup when Wales was host to numerous fixtures and the Welsh public came out in force to support the home team and to witness some of the world’s greatest players.
Hosting such an event will also provide a welcome financial boost to those towns and cities who secure the right to host fixtures, training camps and house the playing squads and with the potential for many visitors set to be attracted to these shores, the economic impact has the potential to be great.”
The Rugby Football League (RFL) are now seeking enthusiastic host towns and cities who will work with them to bring the tournament to life through connecting with communities.
There will be opportunities to host individual matches as well as team camps and to build a programme of associated events and activities around the tournament that will deliver long term legacy for hosts and Welsh tourism businesses.