It has been announced that Thomond Park will be one of 18 venues that play host to the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.
The iconic venue will host a match in the group stages of the competition along with grounds in England, France and Wales. A total of 34 bids were put forward to host games, and Karen Brosnahan of Shannon Region Conference & Sports Bureau, is delighted that the Limerick venue was one of the chosen few selected.
She said “This is a fantastic day for Limerick, the Shannon Region,Thomond Park, Rugby League Ireland & the Irish sporting public. Today’s announcement by the RFL is the ideal conclusion to an intensive 12 month campaign that was built on showcasing Limerick’s superb sporting infrastructure & our superbly passionate sporting people.”
Tom Wood, Director of the 2013 tournament said of the news “I would like to congratulate the entire Limerick Bid Team who have been successful in their bid to host matches in what I am confident will be a World Cup that will help to enhance Rugby League’s ever growing popularity in Ireland.
“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, Shannon Development & the Shannon Region Conference & Sports Bureau 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.”