WIDNES TO HOST TOMAHAWKS
AMNRL President, David Niu had a busy time last week in England with the Rugby League International Federation and RLWC2013 as rugby league governing body leaders' assembled from around the globe. Associated to attending the RLIF AGM, and series of workshops, Niu was able to visit the USA Tomahawks team base camp at Stobart Stadium, home of the SLE Widnes Vikings, the Racecourse Ground at Wrexham where they will play Wales at home, along with Salford City Stadium where the Tomhawks will face Scotland.
Niu returned with a glowing report of the RLWC2013 plans to date, "The RLIF, RFL, and RLWC2013 organizing committee have set the standard at an extremely high level in welcoming each of the member nations in the formative planning preparations for the world cup in 2013. The level of professionalism and attention to detail from hosting to hospitality was world class. I have been fortunate enough to be part of a couple of Rugby Union World Cups, along with Rugby League World Cups and I am extremely confident that this tournament will exceed all that I have experienced in the past. Full credit to Sally Bolton, Jon Dutton, and the organizining team for a great start to tournament preparations."
Part of each nations program was to visit their team base camp for the tournament. "My visit to Stobart Stadium, home of the Widnes Vikings was a fantastic opportunity. The welcome from the Halton Borough offficals Chris Pettino and Sue Lowrie was wonderful and I look forward to working closely with both of them to develop plans. The facilities, hospitality, and community spirit was incredible. From the Vikings team executives; Owner Steve O'Connor, CEO Julie Gaskell, Borad Member David Parr through to the ladies who run the Widnes club museum, I have no doubt the Tomahawks will feel at home in Halton and develop life long friendships with the Widnes rugby league family."
RLIF Chairman Scott Carter said: “The theme of this visit was very much RLWC2013 and the planning for the tournament but in addition the RLIF has begun changing the way it conducts its business taking a long term strategic view of the game and bringing governance procedures in line with modern sporting bodies.
“This business was also conducted in a harmonious and unified way.
“The group showed a renewed spirit of co-operation and a willingness to move forward with plans and ideas to strengthen and expand the international game. The great news about Serbia and Lebanon is testament to that.
“Plans for RLWC 2013 are well advanced and the RLIF Board is impressed with the progress made so far and is now looking forward to coming back for a fantastic tournament next year."
The group, including representatives of all 14 nations which will compete in Rugby League World Cup 2013, met in London on Tuesday and after an official reception at the House of Commons moved to Manchester on Wednesday for the AGM and various Executive Sub-Committee meetings.
The RLWC2013 delegates took part in various planning meetings and venue visits against the backdrop of the official announcement of Old Trafford, Manchester as the venue for the final on Saturday November 30 2013.