Cardiff to host World Cup start
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Friday 23 March 2012
Next year's World Cup will kick off with a double-header at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, but the announcement of venues for the final and semi-finals has been delayed.
A press conference was called off yesterday, because of what the Rugby Football League called "some interesting and positive late developments". What is certain is that the 2013 tournament will start on 26 October with England v Australia and Wales v Italy. England's other games will be at Huddersfield and Hull, while Wales will play at Wrexham and Neath. Wrexham will host a quarter-final, along with Wigan, Leeds and Warrington.
Other intriguing destinations include Bristol for the Cook Islands versus the United States match and Limerick for Ireland versus Australia.
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