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Tees Valley has been confirmed as one of the host venues for the Rugby League World Cup 2021.

It will host part of the major international competition for the World Cup in autumn 2021, following a successful bid led by the Tees Valley Combined Authority.

The bid could give the region an economic boost of up to £8million, attracting tens of thousands of global rugby fans to the area. This winning bid will also work in support of Tees Valley’s application to be named UK City of Culture 2025.

The region has previous experience hosting international sporting teams, with the New Zealand All Blacks head coach praising Darlington’s Mowden Park after it hosted the rugby team in 2015.

The successful bid outlined Tees Valley’s location, exceptional facilities and key venues including the Riverside Stadium and Northern Echo Arena in Darlington. It also highlighted the region’s commitment to creating a lasting legacy for the game.

Jon Dutton, Chief Executive of Rugby League World Cup 2021, said: “The Tees Valley partners put together a compelling bid and it will be fantastic to see the community having the opportunity to engage with the tournament over the next 1,000 days.”

The bid was put together by a partnership of the Tees Valley Combined Authority, Middlesbrough Football Club, Darlington Mowden Park RFC, MFC Foundation, Darlington and Middlesbrough Councils


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