World Cup tickets go on sale
SCHOOLCHILDREN gathered to celebrate the launch of Rugby League World Cup tickets on College Green.
Tickets for the 2013 event – in which matches will be held in Bristol – go on general sale today.
Bristol is the host city to the Cook Islands, who are in Group D and will be playing against the USA at the Memorial Stadium almost a year to the day of the ticket launch – on Wednesday, October 30, 2013.
Joe Catcheside, programme manager of the Rugby League World Cup, told The Post: "The tournament is a real example of how much we have developed the Rugby League scene so well.
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"There's already a huge following in Bristol and we hope the event can inspire many, many more. We want to make sure the sport keeps growing and give more children the chance to play."
Sport and health development manager at Bristol City Council Jonathan Amphlett said: "It's a great opportunity for kids.
"The whole festival effect of the event will enthuse the children and families watching professional rugby.
"We are working with professional clubs to make sure the legacy of the cup really lasts, leaving children the opportunities to get involved in the sport all through school."
Ruben Wilmshurst, 12, from Bristol Cathedral Choir School, said: "It's quite a big event for Bristol and it's the chance to show off what Bristol is like to the rest of the world."
The tournament will involve 14 nations, Australia, Cook Islands, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Papa New Guinea, Samoa, Scotland, Tonga, USA and Wales.
The competition's structure will consist of two groups of four, with England drawn alongside arch rivals Australia, Fiji and Ireland in Group A.
Tickets for the World Cup matches are priced at £10, £15 and £20. Concessions will cost £5, £7.50 and £10.
Tickets are available at www.rlwc2013.com.