Wrexham Council have announced this morning they are making a bid to bring World Cup games to Wrexham.
The Council said: “We are set to make a bid with our partners, to bring the world’s best athletes to the region, as we plan to bring the 2021 Rugby League World Cup to Wrexham.”
“The Racecourse Ground on Mold Road could once again be home to the biggest matches in the prestigious competition which is watched the world over, after it was agreed by all parties involved to go ahead.”
Wrexham Council will lead the bid alongside the Racecourse’s Wrexham AFC and Glyndwr University whilst the North Wales Crusaders, Rugby Wales, Ian Lucas, MP, Lesley Griffiths, AM, the Ramada Plaza and Grosvenor Pulford are also going to be backing the bid.
Lead Member with responsibility for Leisure Cllr Andrew Atkinson said, “I believe it’s an excellent idea to bring such a wonderful sporting event to Wrexham. We saw a fantastic occasion when it came here in 2013 with everyone getting behind the event, and I hope to see the great and good of Rugby League back in the region.
“The economic and sporting benefits would be a great boost for the county and we believe that a real legacy could be left here”.
The Racecourse Ground was used for two games in the 2013 tournament, including a Quarter-Final where Australia hammered the USA with 5,762 watching.
The Council added: “A wonderful festival of rugby that brings tourism to the region in droves, this could be a massive boost for the local economy and tie together the community through sport. The 2013 tournament totalled over 18million viewers worldwide and put Wrexham on the Rugby League map.”
They said there would be ‘more on the bid going forward soon’.
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