Baron pledge on World Cup; EVENTS: England set to have a 'magical decade of sport': RUGBY UNION.
RUGBY Football Union chief executive Francis Baron last night vowed England would contribute to a "magic decade of sport" by delivering the best World Cup ever.
The RFU's success in Dublin yesterday guarantees England will host two of the three biggest sporting events in the world - the 2012 Olympics and 2015 Rugby World Cup - inside three years.
The Football Association will complete an unprecedented hattrick if they are successful in their bid to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup to England.
Baron said: "This is a massive day for us. We believe we can do something special with the World Cup and our objective is to make it the best World Cup ever in 2015.
"It could be a magic decade for sports fans in England and the United Kingdom.
"We have got the Olympics in 2012, the Rugby League World Cup in 2013, the Commonwealth Games in 2014, we have got the 2015 Rugby World Cup and hopefully the 2018 football World Cup."
The RFU will not be staging matches in Ireland or Scotland and their plans to use the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff are still to be passed by the IRB.
But Baron insisted England's desire to stage the biggest World Cup ever would benefit rugby across Britain and Ireland.
"We want to maximise the impact of a World Cup in England for the benefit of rugby in Britain and Ireland," Baron added.
Subject to approval from the World Cup board and the draw itself, the RFU would look to base Ireland near their fanbase in Liverpool and Manchester with Scotland potentially in the north-east.
The RFU now expect to confirm plans to use Old Trafford along with six other club football grounds in Anfield, the Emirates Stadium, St James' Park, Elland Road, St Mary's Stadium and the Ricoh Arena plus Wembley. Leicester's Welford Road and Gloucester's Kingsholm are the only dedicated club rugby grounds on the roster. The final will be held at Twickenham on October 17, 2015.
The International Rugby Board's 26-man council voted 16-10 in favour of accepting the recommended package of England as hosts for the 2015 World Cup with Japan staging the tournament in 2019.
We've done it: England's IRB Council Member Martyn Thomas (left) and Japan's Chairman Noboru Mashimo with the Webb Ellis cup.
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|Publication:||Birmingham Mail (England)|
|Date:||Jul 29, 2009|
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