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Bowman excited for Rugby League World Cup 2021 legacy in Leeds
29 January 2019, 4:00
By Ben Hall
RLWC2021 has today announced that Leeds was one the chosen host cities for the tournaments taking place across England in two years' time.

Guests from Leeds City Council, Leeds Rhinos, Leeds Rhinos Foundation, Carr Manor Community School and several Ambassador community clubs gathered at Emerald Headingley Stadium to hear the announcement that Leeds would host more games than any other city.

Chief Operating Officer of Leeds Rhinos Foundation, Bob Bowman, believes the competition's legacy can provide huge opportunities.

Speaking after the launch event, Bowman said, "The Rugby League World Cup in 2021 will be massive for the city of Leeds and communities in the city.

"It is a great opportunity for us to get people along to the tournament and introduce new audiences to Rugby League. We also want to make sure we use an event like the World Cup 2021 to inspire and engage young people to help them make the best choices they can and want to be the best they possibly can be."

Pupils from Carr Manor Community School were special guests of Leeds Rhinos Foundation and Bowman said he is convinced that the tournament will provide a platform to bring the charity's projects to an even wider audience and work with more children across the city.

"It was fantastic to see so many representatives from schools and community clubs at Emerald Headingley to celebrate the announcement.

"What is strong with Leeds Rhinos Foundation is our link with the community clubs and to get them along to events like this is important as they are part of the wider Rhinos family."

There will be three mens group stage games staged at Emerald Headingley Stadium along with four games from the women's tournament, split over two match days with double headers between the world's leading womens teams.

The city of Leeds will also host a mens semi-final, which will take place at Leeds United's Elland Road stadium.

Cllr Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council added: "It is fantastic that supporters from the city and beyond will get to see so many different matches right here at the heart of Rugby League in the north. We have eight matches in the city and it's great that they will be using the Leeds Rhinos' ground at Emerald Headingley and also Elland Road. We will do wrap round community events to make sure all the fans have the opportunity to engage with the tournament.

"When you talk to adults and children that were involved in 2013 they can remember every detail of their involvement in the tournament and it's just an exciting moment for stars from around the world to be coming here to the city."

To watch the full interview with Leeds Rhinos Foundation's Chief Operating Officer, Bob Bowman, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWp23eazlNo&t=2s

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