Rugby League World Cup 2013 Preparations to be Held in Hawaii
Rugby teams from the U.S. and Pacific Rim nations, including Tonga and Japan will participate in the HTA-supported competitions throughout Oahu in preparation for the Rugby League World Cup 2013, where 14 nations, including the U.S. for the very first time, will compete for Rugby League’s greatest prize at venues across England and Wales.
“The participating nations are coming from the Pacific Rim region, which are growing markets for our visitor industry,” said Mike McCartney, president and CEO, HTA. “International sporting events such as these help to diversify Hawaii’s tourism product and provide visitors and residents the opportunity to attend or participate.”
The Rugby World Cup is the third most watched sporting event in the world behind the Olympic Games and the FIFA Soccer World Cup, with the past two rugby World Cups drawing a cumulative global audience of over 4 billion.
The 2012 Ohana Cup—a series of matches between the USA Tomahawks, currently ranked 11th in the world, and teams from Tonga and Japan—will begin in May. Information on ticket sales and event information will be available soon.
Future plans are being considered beyond 2012 that could potentially involve additional teams from the Pacific Rim region participating in rugby-related events in Hawaii.