Munster’s iconic Thomond Park will host Ireland’s plum tie of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup against Australia.
Limerick’s shrine to rugby union will break new ground next year when it stages a rugby league World Cup fixture in the Republic of Ireland. Belfast hosted one game during the 2000 World Cup, as did Dublin, but tournament organisers described the latest announcement as an “exciting opportunity” for the development of the game in Ireland and are convinced the tie, to be staged sometime in November 2013, will be a resounding success.
“It’s not a gamble to stage a World Cup game in Ireland,” said Richard Lewis, Chairman of 2013 RLWC2013 Ltd.
“We’re not trying to push the game in the rugby league wilderness. Limerick is at the heart of the growth of the game in Ireland and the city’s council made it clear they were completely supportive of the bid. We believe the game will be a resounding success.
Thomond Park is among 19 different venues that will be used during the tournament that kicks-off with a double-header at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on October 26, 2013.
As well as taking on world beaters Australia in Group A, Ireland will face superpowers England at the Galpharm Stadium in Huddersfield and Fiji at Rochdale’s Spotland Stadium.
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