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Wales targets RL World Cup games

Swansea's Liberty Stadium
Swansea's Liberty Stadium holds 20,000 spectators

Wales Rugby League's executive chairman Mark Rowley hopes that Wales gets to host some of the World Cup matches in 2013.

Rugby League International Federation announced in Singapore on Tuesday that the UK would be the tournament's hosts.

Welsh venues were used in the 1995 and 2000 World Cups and Rowley is confident of securing more games in four years.

"We're pleased to hear that we're being considered again to host matches in the Rugby League World Cup," he said.

"It was a big success here both in 1995 and 2000 and we've making tremendous progress on and field since then.

"We're winning international tournaments with alarming regularity right now with our students being British champions and our Under-18s being British and European Champions.

Rowley added: "Our "A" side are also one match away from their seventh Home Nations title in the last eight years.

"All these players now have the chance to progress to Super League with the Crusaders and then to full internationals, and a World Cup in your own country is something for every youngster to aim for."

The Cardiff City Stadium holds 26,500 spectators
The Cardiff City Stadium holds 26,500 spectators

In 1995, three matches were held in Wales - two at Cardiff's Ninian Park and one at Swansea's Vetch Field.

And in 2000, Wrexham's Racecourse and Llanelli's Stradey Park played host to one World Cup game each, while the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff held two games.

Wales' hopes could be further boosted by three new stadia being built since 2000.

Swansea's 20,000-capacity Liberty Stadium, which has replaced the Vetch, opened in 2005.

Llanelli's new 15,000-seater Parc Y Scarlets home opened last year as Stradey Park made way for housing.

And this month, the 26,500-capacity Cardiff City Stadium was opened, replacing Ninian Park.

Both grounds in Swansea and Cardiff host football and rugby union on a regular basis, while Parc Y Scarlets predominantly hosts rugby union.

And RFL spokesman said: "We are in negotiation with various Government agencies and regional bodies about the venues for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup which is already arousing considerable interest from all regions in the UK."

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