With Councillor Ibrahim are (left) General Manager of De Vere Whites Hotel, Gordon Clapperton and Managing Director of Bolton Arena, Paul Bartle (Copyright The Bolton News)
It has been revealed that Bolton will host the Fijian team for the Rugby League World Cup 2013.
Organisers of the Rugby League World Cup 2013 have announced the full schedule for the tournament being held next October and November.
Bolton Arena will be used as a team training camp for Fiji, one of the 14 competing nations, and DeVere Whites Hotel will act as a team base camp.
The tournament will kick off at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on October 26, 2013.
Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, Councillor Ismail Ibrahim, said: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming the Fijian team to Bolton and we’re sure they will receive a very warm welcome here.
“We hope our training camp provides a competitive advantage for them. Hopefully the players will also be able to enjoy some of the town’s many attractions when they are here.”
Tournament Director, Nigel Wood, added: “This is an exciting day for all our hosts. They now know who will be training in their stadiums and who their communities will be getting behind.
“We’re saying to them ‘this is your World Cup, this fantastic international event will be putting the world’s best Rugby League players right on your doorstep’. I have no doubt they will help to make this the best Rugby League World Cup so far.”
More than half a million people are expected to watch the 28 matches live over a six-week period in the autumn of 2013 with a further 20 million viewers from 120 countries tuning in around the world.
The Rugby League World Cup will involve 14 nations: Australia; Cook Islands; England; Fiji; France; Ireland; Italy; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Samoa; Scotland; Tonga; USA, and Wales.