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Australia, NZ in Cup hosting bid

AUSTRALIA is in line to co-host the 2017 Rugby League World Cup with New Zealand.

The joint proposal was approved yesterday by the Rugby League International Federation, which also approved an expression of interest from South Africa.

Formal bids are due to be submitted next month, with a final decision to be made by next January.

"The Rugby League World Cup is the pinnacle of the sport and is essential to the development of the game at every level,'' said RLIF deputy chairman Nigel Wood, who will chair the sub-committee hearing the bids.

"It is fantastic to see three nations all with an active interest in hosting the next tournament that clearly demonstrates a growing, global interest in rugby league."

Meanwhile, World Cup holder New Zealand warmed up for this year's event in England with a 50-0 win over the Cook Islands in Doncaster yesterday.

The Kiwis led 24-0 at half-time and ran in nine tries in total, with two each to winger Jason Nightingale (pictured) and centre Bryson Goodwin.

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