Rugby League World Cup 2013 Tournament Schedule Announced
• Thomond Park to Host Ireland v Australia
• Millennium Stadium to host opening ceremony and double header
Rugby League World Cup 2013 today announced the schedule of matches for the group games and quarter finals being held in October and November next year. Limerick is delighted to be hosting the hugely exciting Ireland v Australia tie.
The tournament will kick off at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff with a spectacular first day including the opening ceremony, host nation Wales taking on Italy and co-hosts England playing Australia.
Welsh hosts Wrexham’s Glyndwr University Racecourse Ground have Wales taking on the USA and one of the tournament quarter-finals. While in Neath, home supporters at The Gnoll can see the men in red take on the Cook Islands.
The tournament will be pushing Rugby League further than ever before with Limerick’s Thomond Park in Ireland hosting Australia v Ireland and France playing New Zealand in Avignon and Samoa in Perpignan
Nigel Wood, RLWC2103 Tournament Director said “This is an exciting day for all our hosts.
They now know who will be playing or training in their stadiums and who their communities will be getting behind. We’re saying to them ‘this is your World Cup, this fantastic international event will be putting the world’s best Rugby League players right on your doorstep’. I have no doubt they will help to make this the best Rugby League World Cup so far”.
RWLC2013 BELONG BALL
Please note that as well as revealing the tournament schedule, RWLC2013 will also be launching the ‘Belong Ball’. This ball will be passed 2013 times as it travels around the RWLC2013 Host towns and cities, throughout 2012 and 2013. The final pass will be made back at the Millennium Stadium at the opening ceremony.
Carwyn Jones, First Minister of the Welsh Government and longstanding champion of Rugby League in Wales, will make the first pass at the Millennium Stadium.
More details on the journey of the Belong Ball will be available later in the year, through its own dedicated Facebook page.