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SONICS ‘DELIGHTED’ BY INTERNATIONAL RL’S RETURN

Bristol Sonics Chairman Phil Cole has expressed his delight at news that the Rugby League World Cup will be coming to the city in 2013.This morning the Rugby Football League announced that Bristol’s Memorial Stadium, home of Bristol Rovers and Bristol RFC, has been chosen to host a match in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.The group stage game, due to take place in November 2013, will be the first international Rugby League match to take place in Bristol since 1911, when Australia beat The West & Wales 23-3.Phil Cole, Chairman of the South West’s premier community Rugby League club, Bristol Sonics, has called the decision ‘far-sighted’ and ‘a shot in the arm for the sport in the city’.Cole, a Bristol native and Rugby League convert who helped found the Sonics in 2002, said: ‘Everyone at the Bristol Sonics is naturally delighted by this far-sighted decision from the Rugby Football League (RFL) and the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF). As a Bristolian I’m thrilled that the city will play host to a match in such a prestigious global event, and as a Rugby League fan I’m overjoyed that the sport’s premier competition is coming to my city.’This is a shot in the arm for Rugby League in the city. It will give all of us in the community game something to work towards. It’s a huge thing for the sport in the South West.’The success of Bristol’s bid to be one of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup host cities is thanks to the hard work of a consortium including representatives of Bristol Sonics, Bristol City Council, South Gloucestershire Council, Bristol Rovers FC, Bristol City FC, the WESPORT Sports Partnership and Destination Bristol, the city’s tourism marketing body.The city of Bristol stands to

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