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Rugby League World Cup 2013

Support the growth of Rugby League in Manchester with Mancunians and Rugby League World Cup 2013

Manchester will be hosting Australia throughout Rugby League World Cup 2013 and Mancunians will be linking up with the Green and Gold to promote the great sport of Rugby League in the host of the final, Manchester. For more information, click here.

Rugby League World Cup 2013

800 square world cup logoInternational sport’s biggest event of the year will be unleashed in England and Wales in October as the world prepares to celebrate Rugby League World Cup 2013.

Only the eighth major sporting World Cup ever to take place on British soil, RLWC2013 will captivate millions and showcase the sport of Rugby League to a wider audience than ever before.

Appearing in their first ever Rugby League World Cup will be USA and Italy.

Italy’s resurgence came with the qualifying matches for the 2000 Rugby League World Cup and the Emerging Nations event which ran alongside.

Meanwhile, the USA Tomahawks have been playing regular international competition

since the turn of the century. In 2002, 25,000 spectators saw Russia defeat the USA 54–10 in Moscow, and just two years later they gave the mighty Australia a mighty scare before losing 36–24.

Papua New Guinea's Charlie Wabo. Image: Paul Seiser/swpix.com

Papua New Guinea’s Charlie Wabo. Image: Paul Seiser/swpix.com

The debutants will be joined by Australia, Cook Islands, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Scotland, Tonga and Wales, when the action gets underway at the Millennium Stadium on October 26 with the RLWC2013 Opening Ceremony.

Rugby League in Manchester

The action culminates at Old Trafford on November 30, where a world champion will be crowned.

Rugby League’s blossoming relationship with the Theatre of Dreams has served up some superb Super League Grand Finals since the concept was introduced in 1998, but the Rugby League World Cup 2013 Final will scale new heights later this year when some of the world’s greatest international athletes step out on to the hallowed Manchester turf.

England's Sam Tomkins will be hoping to lift the Rugby League World Cup trophy on home soil in Manchester. Image: Alex Whitehead/swpix.com

England’s Sam Tomkins will be hoping to lift the Rugby League World Cup trophy on home soil in Manchester. Image: Alex Whitehead/swpix.com

Australia’s Billy Slater, England’s Sam Tomkins and New Zealand’s Benji Marshall all know what it’s like to play on the big stage, but do they have what it takes to create history at Rugby League’s biggest ever international showpiece?

Great Britain last got their hands on the trophy in 1972, and it is England who will seek to continue the home nation legacy 41 years on, and wrestle the title away from the dominant Kangaroos and Kiwis.