Moore Sports International has officially submitted a bid to host the 2021 Rugby League World Cup for the first time in the United States.
Moore Sports International, a leading sports marketing and event management company submitted the bid and is aiming to bring the 16th edition of the prestigious global Rugby League tournament to American shores, as the sport continues to expand and grow internationally.
A six-week, multi-city tournament event, the Rugby League World Cup brings together the world’s top men’s and women’s Rugby League teams to compete against an international field.
“We are honored and excited at the opportunity to showcase this sport to this nation – and the nation to this sport,” said Jason Moore, CEO of Moore Sports International. “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 RLIF is committed to growing the game and is working diligently to have Rugby League recognized as one of the world’s leading sports,” said David Collier, CEO of the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF), Rugby League’s world governing body. “This year’s bids, including a first-time bid from the United States via Moore Sports International, certainly affirm our belief in the greater opportunities ahead.”
“Hosting the World Cup in the United States would be another big step forward for Rugby League growth globally,” said Matt Elliott, the 2013 Rugby League World Cup USA Coach. “The opportunity for elite athlete and junior player development and the growth of Rugby League in the United States is second to none.”
The RLIF is expected to announce a host nation for the 2021 tournament in November. If the Moore Sports International bid is granted for the United States, a Request for Proposals (RFP) would follow with each of the potential host cities and stadiums.
“There is a lot of hard work still to be done,” said 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.”