PM hails a golden era after England get World Cup nod

PRIME Minister Gordon Brown yesterday hailed the prospect of Britain&rsquo;s &ldquo;decade of sport&rdquo; after England was named hosts of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.<br /><br />The boost &ndash; worth an estimated &pound;2.1bn to the economy, according to Deloitte &ndash; came on the same day Britain was awarded the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.<br /><br />London already has the 2012 Olympic Games, while Glasgow will host the 2014 Commonwealth Games. And with England among the favourites to land football&rsquo;s World Cup in 2018, the Prime Minister toasted a bright future.<br /><br />&ldquo;I&rsquo;m sure the whole country will want to play their part in making this the most memorable of Rugby World Cups. I&rsquo;d also like to say how pleased I am that the 2013 Rugby League World Cup will be held in the UK,&rdquo; said Brown.<br /><br />&ldquo;The Rugby World Cup is yet another tremendous event to add to the country&rsquo;s decade of sport and another chance to show our nation&rsquo;s passion for sport and what world-class facilities we have to offer. I&rsquo;m sure it will be a tournament to remember.&rdquo;<br /><br />England saw off competition from South Africa and Italy to host the event for the first time since 1991, when Will Carling captained the team to the final.<br /><br />Ten cities are set to stage matches, with London boasting three venues in Twickenham, where the final will be played, Wembley and Arsenal&rsquo;s Emirates Stadium.<br /><br />Old Trafford and Anfield will also stage games, while Cardiff&rsquo;s Millennium Stadium is the only ground outside of England.<br /><br />The new Olympic Stadium in Stratford is not part of the plan, but London Mayor Boris Johnson said he was keen it be considered.<br /><br />The International Rugby Board, who voted in Dublin yesterday, also confirmed Japan would stage the 2019 event.