Rugby Football League Chief Executive Nigel Wood praised the outcome and organisation of the Festival of World Cups, which came to a climax on a triple header Finals Day at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.
â€œThe Festival of World Cups has been a wonderfully uplifting celebration of international Rugby League and showcased the amazing diversity and excellence that can be found across the whole sport,â€ he said.
â€œWe have seen some fantastic matches, played in a great competitive spirit, with many outcomes going right to the hooter, including the finals of both the Wheelchair World Cup and Police World Cup being decided by a two point margin. With over 7000 fans enjoying the games live as well as Premier Sports covering the tournaments it has been a great opportunity for the diversity of Rugby League to reach new audiences.â€
He added, â€œI especially want to thank all the volunteers, who have played a tremendous role at all the venues, as well as the teams, officials and tournament organisers for their part in such a tremendous event.â€
â€œThe successful Festival of World Cups has undoubtedly played its part in a momentous year for the sport in this country, with the Rugby League World Cup to follow in the autumn.â€
Australia won four of the five titles for Police, Armed Forces, Students and Women, with France the Wheelchair champions.