Limerick to reap the benefit of hosting Rugby League World Cup fixture

David Hurley

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David Hurley

LIMERICK City is in line for a muti-million euro windfall following confirmation that Thomond Park will host a group match during the Rugby League World Cup in 2013.

LIMERICK City is in line for a muti-million euro windfall following confirmation that Thomond Park will host a group match during the Rugby League World Cup in 2013.

Limerick beat off stiff competition from rival applications from across Europe to stage matches in the 14-team tournament in two year’s time.

One of Ireland’s three Pool A matches - against England, Australia or Fiji - will be played at Thomond Park, which staged its first ever rugby league match between Ireland and France last month.

Up to 20 million people in 120 countries are expected to watch the tournament on television.

“Securing a match in the World Cup it a major coup and it is a huge boost because it will be broadcast in 120 countries and it is going to put Limerick and Thomond Park on the map and it will show Limerick is a very positive light,” said Adam Skerritt of Shannon Development.

Karen Brosnahan, development manager with Shannon Region Conference & Sports Bureau, is looking forward to the build up.

“The whole idea now going forward is that we fill the stadium in 2013 and show people what this city can do in terms of giving a really really wow event and putting us out there as an international destination for world cup events,” she. said