Leeds has been shortlisted as one of the cities bidding to host the 20 teams coming to the Rugby World Cup in 2015.
Leeds has been included on a shortlist of ‘approved’ cities, with partners including Leeds City Council, the city’s three universities, West Park Leeds RUFC and a number of hotels pulling together to submit four bids.
Each of the four bids offers indoor and outdoor training facilities at one or more of the sites and access to a gym and pool along with the offer of a hotel, providing various options for top class training facilities in various parts of the city.
England Rugby 2015 requires up to 50 bases for use during the tournament and these will be confirmed mid-2014 following completion of team visits which are now underway, providing them with the chance to get to know the facilities and the city before they make their final decision.
The dates and teams playing at Elland Road have already been announced, with Italy playing against Canada on Saturday, September 26 at 2.30pm and Scotland playing the Americas 2 (Uruguay are to play the USA in March to decide who qualifies) on Sunday, September 27 at 2.30pm.
Coun Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for leisure and skills said: “Having already secured our role as a host city for Rugby World Cup 2015, it is great to see facilities in Leeds selected as a potential training sites for the teams in this prestigious tournament.
“Leeds has a lot to offer, and we have great transport links allowing any potential team the opportunity to reach their games easily alongside some quality first class training facilities.
“We have already had a number of international teams staying in the city over the past few years such as the Chinese Olympic team in 2012 and the New Zealand Rugby league squad in the last few months, and will be welcoming the world of cycling to the city later this year.”
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