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Thomand bids for Rugby League World Cup games

Limerick is bidding to host Rugby League World Cup matches at Thomond Park.

The bid for the 2013 games is backed by Shannon Development and the Shannon Region Conference and Sports Bureau.

The 25,600-capacity Thomond Park will stage its first rugby league match on November 4 when Ireland plays France.

Rugby League Ireland general manager Gordon Matthews said: “Ireland had a very successful 2008 World Cup in Australia and we are hoping to build on that success further in 2013, preferably with the help of some passionate home support.

“We are delighted that we are in a position to put forward an impressive case to the organising committee to play one or more of our group games in Limerick and specifically Thomond Park.

“The boost to rugby league in Ireland to potentially host the likes of Australia or Fiji in a venue such as Thomond Park would be enormous.”

The 2013 Rugby League World Cup will be hosted jointly by England and Wales.