LATEST NEWS: Sunderland long-listed as Rugby World Cup venue

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SUNDERLAND has been long-listed as a potential venue for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

The city’s Stadium of Light is one of the sporting venues named today as potential venues to host Rugby World Cup matches.

Welcoming the news, Councillor Paul Watson, The Leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “We’re delighted that Sunderland has made it onto the long-list of potential venues to host the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Sunderland has an excellent track record in delivering a wide range of major events and a fantastic reputation for the warmth of our welcome and the passion we have for sport.

“We believe being a host venue in 2015 would add to the vibrancy of the city and further develop our reputation as a place where exciting festivals and events take place. We look forward to hearing about the outcome of our bid in due course.”

Margaret Byrne, chief executive of Sunderland AFC, said: “Naturally the club is delighted to support the city in its endeavours to bring major events to Sunderland. The club and the city council have developed a strong and effective partnership, which is highlighted by the success of the major music events at the Stadium of Light over the last four years, which have seen over half a million visitors welcomed to the city.”

A final decision on which venues will host Rugby World Cup matches in 2015 will be made in the Spring. Up to 12 venues are expected to make the final list.