A joint bid from Australia and New Zealand has been chosen by the Rugby League Federation to host the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, beating South Africa who also launched a bid.
South Africa launched their rival bid last year having never hosted the Rugby League showpiece event but did stage the 1995 Rugby Union World Cup in 1995 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
The UK, France, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand are the only countries who have hosted the main competition since the inaugural edition in 1954 in France with England having hosted the most recent edition last year.
The Rugby Football League (RFL) has announced a new partnership with Leicestershire-based CRM agency 4Sight Sport & Leisure, with the aim of capitalising on the recent Rugby League World Cup by improving its customer relationship management and fan engagement strategies.
4Sight, who served as the CRM & Data Marketing Agency partner for the Rugby League World Cup 2013, will now help to raise awareness of the RFL’s Extraordinary Rugby initiative – a scheme designed to increase participation in the sport.
A series of workshops designed to help community clubs capitalise on the Rugby League World Cup 2013 are set to be rolled out across the country, with 66 clubs already participating in the ‘Welcoming Clubs Workshops’.
Over 450,000 spectators watched the 14-nation tournament first hand while the 28 fixtures were also seen by millions of television viewers.
English Super League rugby team Castleford Tigers have renewed their sponsorship deal with the GMB trade union, extending the current partnership to over a decade.
The one year extension with the union, which has over 600,000 members, will see its logo featured on the chests of the team's playing shirts and on the back of matchday tickets for the 2014 season.
With the Rugby League World Cup heading towards its final stages around the country, the Rugby Football League (RFL) has launched a new minimal-contact version of the game, aiming to take the sport to a much wider audience of men and women.
Play Touch Rugby League has been piloted over the past two years, and the RFL is now seeking licensed partners to deliver the programme at sports and leisure venues across the UK.
Play Touch Rugby League is part of the RFL’s new community game strategy, to deliver aspects of the traditional game without the high impact tackling.
The Rugby League World Cup 2013 (RLWC2013) has announced partnerships with MyClubBetting.com, Gatorade and Thirsty Planet.
Gatorade will become the Official Sports Drink, Thirsty Planet the Official Water Supplier and MyClubBetting.com the Official Betting and Gaming Partner to the tournament which kicked off on Saturday at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Canterbury has announced England rugby league and Leeds Rhinos captain, Kevin Sinfield, as its latest ambassador – ahead of the kick off to the Rugby League World Cup 2013 in Cardiff tomorrow.
As part of the agreement Sinfield will endorse the brand’s range of rugby and lifestyle clothing.
Sinfield is Super League’s all-time leading points and goal scorer, has captained Leeds Rhinos for over a decade leading them to six Super League Grand Final victories and three World Club Challenge titles.
Ahead of the opening of the Rugby League World Cup 2013 in Cardiff on Saturday, organisers of the tournament have added to its sponsorship portfolio with car rental brand Hertz UK and travel and leisure company EZE Group coming on board ahead of kick off.
The competition begins with a double-header at the Millennium Stadium featuring England’s opening match against Australia, followed by Wales v Italy.
Gillette has agreed a two-year extension of its decade-long deal with the Rugby Football League that will see the brand continue as the England Rugby League team’s main sponsor for this Autumn’s Rugby League World Cup 2013.
The brand’s logo will feature on the national team’s playing strip, as the partnership enters its second decade with significant investment from Gillette to improve the quality of coaching at the grass roots of rugby league in the UK.
Wooden Spoon has been announced as the Official Charity Partner for Rugby League World Cup 2013 in England and Wales that will see the children’s charity use funds raised during the competition to develop a legacy within the sport’s community, which will benefit disadvantaged young people throughout Britain.
The World Cup kicks off at the Millennium Stadium with its Opening Ceremony on 26th October.
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