Rugby League World Cup 2013

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Building on its tradition as a strong rugby league town, Warrington was proud to be an official host town in the England and Wales 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

The Samoan international team held their pre-tournament training camp here and The Halliwell Jones Stadium, home of the mighty Warrington Wolves hosted group matches and a quarter final as well.

Warrington’s bid to be a host town in the Rugby League World Cup started in early 2011.The council and its bid partners knew from the start that being part in the tournament would not only put Warrington on the map, but would also be a great chance for us to play a vital role in making the 2013 event the success that it ultimately was. Enthusiasm, passion for rugby league and drive are something we have in abundance.

Students from the University of Chester came with the concept for the bid campaign, and the bid team launched an online petition to bring the tournament to the town.This stunt received great press coverage and the local bid was judged as outstanding largely due to the fantastic support from local people and businesses, over 3000 of which signed a pledge to support the bid.

The Rugby League World Cup was a chance for Warrington to showcase the town and get more local people involved in the sport and the events that surrounded it.

The group behind the bid gave away 15 pairs of tickets to the quarter final game at the Halliwell Jones, as part of a competition to celebrate 30 days to go until the Rugby League World Cup arrived in Warrington.

As schools broke up for summer, a handy guide was distributed across all pupils in Warrington. The guide included details of how people could get involved with the various activities that were happening in association with the Rugby League World Cup. It featured details about the family festivals, events for young people, summer camps, information about the matches and a fantastic ticket offer was included. The march to the match maps were included, as well as information on how to get involved with volunteering.

As part of the build up to the Rugby League World Cup, two local fans were ‘flying the flag’ for Warrington. The RFL created the Fans Local Advisory Group, its purpose being to give fans from each host town a voice in planning the tournament. Our FLAG reps had regular meetings with counterparts from the other 13 host towns, as well as tournament organisers to discuss their ideas about the event.

On the pitch, the Rugby League World Cup in Warrington was seen to be extremely successful, with 14,965 spectators packing into the Halliwell Jones to witness Samoa, who were based in the town, fall to defeat at the hands of New Zealand. The second game hosted at the Halliwell Jones, saw Samoa return to face Fiji in a much anticipated clash. Fiji emerged victorious from the game eliminating Samoa from the tournament. The Warrington crowd were noted for producing a good atmosphere, being loud in their support of the towns host team Samoa.

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