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Rugby League World Cup to feature Warrington among its hosts

Filed under: Warrington — Posted by: Mark on January 18, 2013

This year will see the Rugby League World Cup return to the UK for the first time in 13 years, and Warrington Wolves’ Halliwell Jones Stadium will be among the venues as 14 of the world’s leading nations lock horns and vie to become world champions in the sport.

The Warrington stadium could not ask for more illustrious guests, as it will host the Group B encounter between defending champions New Zealand and their Australasian rivals Samoa on October 27. The New Zealanders are nicknamed ‘the Kiwis’ rather than ‘the All Blacks’ to avoid confusion with the country’s famous rugby union team, but they still play in a black kit and perform the traditional haka dance before each game.

On November 17, the stadium will also host a Quarter Final clash between the runner up of New Zealand’s group and the third-placed team in Group A, which includes England and Ireland. The final will be held at Old Trafford, Manchester, on November 30, with Australia currently the odds-on favourite to win the tournament.

Tickets for World Cup games can be bought from the tournament’s official website, with rugby fans all over the world likely to take up the offer and look for hotels near Warrington and other host towns to make the most of their stay. With Wales taking on the USA on November 3 at Wrexham FC’s Racecourse Ground, staying at a Chester or Wirral hotel would put fans of the sport in an ideal location to take in a game at either stadium.

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