United States bid for Rugby League World Cup


The 2021 Rugby League World Cup could be heading to the United States after a bid was submitted for the competition's newest nation to host it.

It was at the 2013 event that the USA made their debut on the biggest stage and on Tuesday it was confirmed by Moore Sports International that a bid had been lodged.

"We are honoured and excited at the opportunity to showcase this sport to this nation - and the nation to this sport," said Jason Moore, chief executive of the marketing and event management company.

"Rugby league already has a strong following in several major U.S. markets, and should the 2021 World Cup be staged in the United States, American sports fans new to rugby league and who have a hunger for 'Gladiatorial' style sports are going to fall in love with this extraordinary game."

The Rugby League International Federation is scheduled to reveal the 2021 host nation in November.

"There is a lot of hard work still to be done," added Moore. "But we are grateful for, and motivated by, the strong interest of potential host cities, stadiums, sponsors, and other local stakeholder across the United States."

Australia won their 10th title three years ago in England  - who have also bid for the 2021 tournament - and will jointly host next year's edition, along with New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.