Aussies eye repeat event

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Bidding news from Australia and Nigeria

Australia will put together a rival bid to host the next Rugby League World Cup in 2013, which is set to be expanded to 12 teams. England's Rugby Football League remains favourite to win the right to the stage the next tournament – but after declaring the current 10–team World Cup an unqualified success and announcing profits of more than £2m, the Australians are ready to throw their hat into the ring once more. The bigger–than–expected surplus, in sharp contrast to a £700, 000 loss from the last tournament in England in 2000, will be used to develop international rugby league in countries such as Fiji and Papua New Guinea. The figures were announced at a press conference in Brisbane, 48 hours before the World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand, where the latter triumphed. Meanwhile, still smarting from losing the bid to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games to Glasgow, Scotland, Nigeria has come under pressure to make another bid, this time for the 2018 edition. Commonwealth Games Federation president Mike Fennel, recently said that he has had assurances from Nigeria's president Umaru Yar'Adua that Nigeria would bid for the event in 2018.

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