Bristol Bid For RLWC2021

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30 April 2018

Bristol wants to host matches in the 2021 Rugby League World Cup at Ashton Gate, BBC Radio Bristol reports.

Bristol City Council want to submit a bid to the Rugby Football League by July, with the RFL set to reveal their chosen cities later this year.

"We want to attract more world-class events to the city," a Bristol City Council statement said.

"With the cycling grand prix happening later this year and the announcement of the Cricket World Cup coming to the city the year after, there is plenty to get excited about over the next two years."

No professional rugby league teams play in Bristol, but that could change after 2019, with the Gloucestershire All Golds and Oxford planning to merge.

The two League One clubs' proposal to form a new team has been accepted by the RFL, but they still need further financial backing.

The city of Bristol hosted a match during the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, with Bristol Rovers FC's Memorial Stadium selling out for the USA's 32-20 win over the Cook Islands.

This time, it is Ashton Gate - the joint home of Championship football club Bristol City and the city's Premiership-bound and recently re-named rugby union side the Bristol Bears - which is being put forward.

BBC Radio Bristol understands that the City Council and Ashton Gate Limited - who are working on the bid collaboratively - are hoping to secure a package that includes a quarter-final.

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