Old Trafford confirmed as World Cup final venue
The 2013 Rugby League World Cup organisers have confirmed that Old Trafford will host the final of the tournament.
It had already been confirmed that Cardiff's Millennium Stadium would stage the opening ceremony before a double-header to kick-off the tournament, but the final details were unveiled on Thursday. Wembley may have missed out on the climax to the showpiece event but will stage both semi-finals. Co-hosts Wales will take on Italy in the opening match on October 26 before England take on favourites Australia in a Group A clash, while the final will be held on November 30 in Manchester. "It's a stunning venue and has hosted some famous Rugby League World Cup games in the past," said RLWC 2013 General Manager Sally Bolton. "Having two matches back to back will make for a wonderful day of Rugby League with the four top teams going hammer and tongs for a place in the Rugby League World Cup final. "We know Old Trafford very well too, a venue that always delivers a fantastic Super League Grand Final for us. "Holding the final there will allow the Rugby League community, the people of the North West and we hope many new fans to witness a fantastic spectacle."