Preston to hear next week if it will be a host city for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup
Preston is set to hear whether it is being chosen as a host city for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.
The Rugby Football League (RFL) made the announcement this morning that the final host cities and towns for the prestigious tournament will be announced next Tuesday.
Last summer Preston Council announced it was bidding to be a host city for the prestigious tournament.
And speaking in October, Preston Coun Peter Kelly revealed that Preston would not be hosting a match if it were successful, but rather a team which would work to promote the game to young people throughout the city.
Jon Dutton, RLWC2021 Chief Executive, said: "We have undertaken a thorough bid process, lasting twelve months and involving some very tough decisions.
"The quality of bids has been impressive across all three tournaments and we are now ready to share the venue details as we continue to build awareness and excitement.
"I look forward to congratulating those that have been successful and working with those local communities over the next 1,000 days to stage an incredibly inclusive and welcoming tournament.
"We appreciate some people will be disappointed that their town or city hasn’t made the final list, but the tournament will be very accessible with marquee moments to look forward to."
The tournament's prestigious trophy was on display in Preston's Harris Museum in December 2018 for the public to catch a glimpse.
The RLWC2021 host announcement will be broadcast at 9am and will be available to watch and follow via BBC Sport online and the RLWC2021 social media channels.
Host Helen Skelton will be joined by RLWC2021 Ambassadors; Kevin Sinfield; St. Helens and England Women’s star, Jodie Cunningham; and Leeds Rhinos Wheelchair captain, James Simpson, to reveal the successful towns and cities