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SBD Global/February 20, 2014/Events and Attractions
New Zealand, Australia Named Co-Hosts For 2017 Rugby League World Cup
Published February 20, 2014
BUILDING ON SUCCESS: The PA's Ian Laybourn reported Wood said, "This was not a simple decision but with fans of international rugby league buoyed by the recent success of RLWC2013, we were determined to get it right." South Africa, who entered a team in the 1995 and 2008 World Cups, "have only a fledging domestic game but argued they could help spread the game internationally and believed, as hosts, they would have been granted government recognition" (PA, 2/19). In Auckland, Michael Brown reported New Zealand "has never hosted the rugby league World Cup," although the 1988 World Cup final was staged at Eden Park, which "was the culmination of the three-year worldwide tournament." The success of last weekend's Auckland Nines at Eden Park "was good timing for the joint bid, with rugby league in this country proving they can stage major events." The New Zealand Government is "also keen to host global events on a regular basis and they put their backing behind the Australasian bid." Holden: "It's a massive result for New Zealand rugby league and is going to be a huge benefit to the country overall'' (NEW ZEALAND HERALD, 2/19).