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Saints magnificent new stadium is really starting to take shape - as these pictures show.

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Senior figures from the Rugby Football League visited the 18,000 capacity ground recently to see for themselves the progress being made ahead of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

The town is bidding to host games during the tournament and its hoped the visit swayed the organising committee to give St Helens the nod.

Saints chief executive Tony Colquitt and council leader Marie Rimmer led a tour of the stadium for the great and the good of the RL hierarchy.

The stadium is one part of a £44m project on the site which will include a new Tesco, scheduled to open this summer before the official hand over of the stadium to Saints in October.

The last time St Helens hosted the World Cup was 1995 when New Zealand and Papua New Guinea clashed at Knowsley Road.

The focus of the bid is to use the tournament to act as a catalyst for increasing physical activity levels in the community and, in particular, to increase the number of people playing rugby league in St Helens.

And the bid is a key part of the council’s Active St Helens programme which aims to get more people, more active, more often. In addition a successful bid would boost tourism to the borough.

Councillor Rimmer said: “Anyone visiting the site could not fail to be bowled over by the design. It will be a fitting showcase for the most successful team in Super League history and will be a great attraction for our borough.”