100 days to go until RLWC2013 in Leeds

Former Leeds and England RL international legend Keith Senior, Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds Rhinos' Kylie Leuluai and Ronnie the Rhino with the specially branded rugby ball before it went into hiding

Wednesday 31 July is a milestone date in Leeds this year as it marks 100 days to go until reigning world champions New Zealand take on Papua New Guinea at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, as part of Rugby League World Cup 2013 (RLWC2013).

Sports fans from across the region are expected to flock to Headingley this autumn for two fixes of international rugby league, with the Group B game taking place on Friday, 8 November, and the tournament’s first quarter final the following week on Friday, 15 November.

To mark the 100 days to go milestone in Leeds, three specially branded RLWC2013 balls have been hidden around the city. Clues on the whereabouts of these balls will be tweeted throughout the day from @LeedsRLWC, @leedsrhinos and @DannyFrank using the hashtag #findourballs. Lucky finders of each of the three balls will win tickets to a RLWC2013 match in Leeds.

To ensure that as many people as possible are able to enjoy the international game once the regular season has ended, a fantastic incentive is on offer when buying tickets for the games in Leeds. When a ticket to one of the games is purchased, a ticket for the second game is then available to buy at half price. Ticket prices start at just £10 (£5 concessions) for group games and quarter-finals.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive board member responsible for leisure and skills said:

“RLWC2013 is the next big sporting event to take place in the UK after the Olympics, and it’s going to be a truly global tournament. With two big games taking place at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, and New Zealand and Italy being based in the city, we are confident that the tournament will generate many benefits for residents and businesses alike.

“It’s now just 100 days to go until Leeds hosts its first game, and excitement is beginning to mount. We want there to be a lasting legacy for rugby league in Leeds as a result of our role as a host city, and our range of RLWC2013 themed events have been generating great interest and many more activities will continue through the summer and until the tournament ends in November.”

Gary Hetherington, chief executive of Leeds Rugby said:

“We are very proud to be a host venue for Rugby League World Cup 2013, which will be an incredible sporting event. With just 100 days now until the first game at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, the anticipation and excitement is growing as we prepare to host the current world champions, New Zealand and the great rugby league nation, Papua New Guinea.

“I hope all fans of rugby league get behind the tournament and take the opportunity to see some of the stars of the international game on their own doorsteps. We all know how much the supporters contribute to the fantastic match day atmosphere at Headingley Carnegie, and I am confident they will also help make these international fixtures unforgettable occasions.”

Tickets for the two are available from the ticket office at Headingley Carnegie Stadium and the Leeds Visitor Centre at Leeds Railway Station, the opening hours of which are Monday 10am - 5.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday 9am - 5.30pm, Sunday 10am - 4pm. For more information please visit the website www.visitleeds.co.uk, email tourinfo@leeds.gov.uk, or telephone 0113 242 5242.

Tickets can also be purchased by visiting www.rlwc2013.com or by calling the 24 hour Ticket Hotline on 0844 847 2013.


For media enquiries, please contact;

Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office 07712 214223

Email: claire.macklam@leeds.gov.uk