Updated: Thursday, 23rd November 2017 @ 12:04pm

Only 365 days to go: Tickets for Rugby League World Cup launched as countdown begins

Only 365 days to go: Tickets for Rugby League World Cup launched as countdown begins

By Paddy von Behr

The Rugby League World Cup 2013 kicks off one year today and the occasion was marked by launching ticket sales for the tournament.

The 14th instalment of the World Cup will see 14 nations compete in England and Wales for the sport’s ultimate prize.

And Sally Bolton, RLWC2013 general manager, was delighted to gather representatives from every nation and launch ticket sales on this significant occasion.

“The one year to go date was too good an opportunity to miss and gave us a great way to launch our tickets going on general sale,” she said.

“We wanted a special event to mark this very significant milestone for the tournament.”

She added: “To gather players from all of the nations who will ultimately be responsible for making RLWC2013 the best Rugby League World Cup ever was a great way for us to kick off ticket sales.”

The tournament opens on Saturday October 26 2013, when England will face heavy tournament favourites Australia at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

The co-hosts will be relying on a string of performances from Wigan Warriors’ Sam Tomkins, who was named 2012 Super League Man of Steel earlier this month.

The 23-year-old is looking forward to the tournament and hopes he can stay off the treatment table to help guide England as far as possible.

“We’ve got a great chance to win this on home soil and it will be the biggest sporting event on home soil next year,” he told The Evening Standard.

“It will be huge for us and we have to make sure to make it a success.

“There has always been a big gap between us and Australia and New Zealand but that’s closing. We’ve got a great blend of experience and youth.

“We’re still a side in transition at the moment but I’m confident with a few more tournaments under our belts we’ll be right up there come the World Cup.”

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