England prepare for Rugby League World Cup at Loughborough campus
England have announced Loughborough University as their base for the Rugby League World Cup later this year.
Last Updated: 13/06/13 8:05pm
Steve McNamara's side have been regular visitors to the East Midlands campus since October 2010, and announced the location as their base on Thursday.
The head coach said: "We chose Loughborough because we were looking for an elite sporting environment and we also wanted to take the players out of their comfort zone.
"Plus, in the past we have been a bit nomadic, so we wanted to create our own identity there."
Loughborough hosted Team GB in the run-up to the 2012 Olympics and the university's director of sport Peter Keen is delighted to host England.
"It is hugely significant to have a team like England Rugby League here preparing for the biggest matches of their lives," he said.
"It confirms that we have what you need to operate at the highest level in sport, that we are able to put together the kind of environment, package and support that makes sense for them, given the choices they have, to come and prepare here."
England's World Cup campaign kicks off on October 26 when McNamara's side face Australia at the Millennium Stadium.