LEADING Warrington figures are attempting to bring a Rugby League World Cup 2021 final to The Halliwell Jones Stadium.

The town’s event bid, to be launched on Thursday, includes hosting up to three men’s games, one of the competing nations’ squads and the final of the Women’s Rugby League World Cup.

Warrington memorably provided a home base to the Samoan national team during the 2013 showpiece tournament, with Warrington Wolves’ ground staging the Pacific Islanders’ games against New Zealand and Fiji.

Cities and towns across England are now staking their claim for a slice of the action.

Warrington’s bid partnership group believes the benefits to the borough would be significant.

“Colleagues from across the borough’s public, private and third sectors have developed what we believe to be a convincing case to bring the Rugby League World Cup back to Warrington,” said Paul Taylor, managing director of Taylor Business Park and bid partnership group chairman.

“As well as the obvious economic benefits, hosting RLWC2021 will offer a lasting legacy in terms of bringing communities together, growing participation in rugby league and sport in general, and improving health and wellbeing.

“It’s also an opportunity to showcase Warrington to a national and international audience – and the timing is perfect as the Time Square regeneration scheme will be completed by the time the tournament kicks off.”

Wolves chief executive Karl Fitzpatrick added: “We all remember 2013, the infectious enthusiasm of the Samoan squad we hosted in Warrington and their epic encounter with New Zealand at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.

“Now we’re looking forward to creating more sporting memories in 2021 and playing our part in delivering a tournament that celebrates the heritage of the sport, and increases the visibility, participation and interest in rugby league on a global scale.”

Warrington’s bid will be submitted later this month and the successful hosts will be announced early next year.