The Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) announced details today of the next stage of the bidding process for Rugby League World Cup 2017.
Following a request for expressions of interest in hosting the 2017 tournament, these were received from South Africa along with a joint approach from Australia and New Zealand. Both were approved and formal bids are now expected from both.
Following submission, bids will be assessed by a specially convened RLIF Board sub-committee who will make a recommendation on host nation to the RLIF Board. The sub-committee will be chaired by Nigel Wood, Deputy Chairman of the RLIF and RLWC2013 Tournament Director.
Bids are due to be submitted in November when bidders will also be asked to present the content of their bids to the sub-committee. A decision is expected to be announced in January 2014.
RLIF Deputy Chairman Nigel Wood said: “This is an important milestone for the further development and growth of the international game as we firmly establish a four year cycle for the World Cup.
“The Rugby League World Cup is the pinnacle of the sport and is essential to the development of the game at every level.
“It is fantastic to see three nations all with an active interest in hosting the next tournament as that clearly demonstrates a growing, global interest in Rugby League.
“The RLIF has established a thorough assessment process for the bids, to ensure that the tournament is awarded to the best host. An early decision will enable maximum time for planning and preparation and put the hosts of RLWC2017 in the best possible position to deliver a successful tournament.”