Two bids to host 2017 World Cup

A joint-bid from Australia and New Zealand will go up against South Africa for the right to host the next World Cup in 2017.

The Rugby League International Federation has previously requested expressions of interest in hosting the tournament, and the two that have come forward have been approved and formal bids are now expected.

Following submission, bids will be assessed by a specially convened RLIF Board sub-committee who will make a recommendation on host nation to the RLIF Board. The sub-committee will be chaired by Nigel Wood, Deputy Chairman of the RLIF and RLWC2013 Tournament Director.

RLIF Deputy Chairman Nigel Wood said: “This is an important milestone for the further development and growth of the international game as we firmly establish a four year cycle for the World Cup.

“The Rugby League World Cup is the pinnacle of the sport and is essential to the development of the game at every level.

“It is fantastic to see three nations all with an active interest in hosting the next tournament as that clearly demonstrates a growing, global interest in Rugby League.

“The RLIF has established a thorough assessment process for the bids, to ensure that the tournament is awarded to the best host.  An early decision will enable maximum time for planning and preparation and put the hosts of RLWC2017 in the best possible position to deliver a successful tournament.”

Bids are due to be submitted in November when bidders will also be asked to present the content of their bids to the sub-committee. A decision is expected to be announced in January 2014.

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