St.Helens RFL club Chairman Eamonn McManus announced the completion of improvement works on the futuristic new Langtree Park – new entrance signage pictured – ahead of it hosting the World Cup fixture between Australia and Fiji on 2 November. He said:
St.Helens as a town is privileged to host such a prestigious fixture and to play our part in what will undoubtedly be the most successful Rugby League World Cup to date. I have never been so optimistic about the game’s potential to grow and improve as I am today.
We have a mouth-watering time ahead of us with some of the greatest rugby league players in history from all over the world gracing our stadia and opening the eyes of a new British sporting audience, as well appealing to existing fans.
Just as importantly, the platform laid by the World Cup will be followed up by a restructuring of the fixture format of the leagues in 2015 which I believe will reignite Super League and the Championship as well as strengthening and improving the Challenge Cup.