The Kangaroos were triumphant on the field but the World Cup also proved to be a winner off the field. Copyright: Col Whelan/NRL Photos Credit: NRL Photos Copyright: NRL Photos
The 2013 Rugby League World Cup generated a profit of more than STG3.7 million ($A6.7 million), organisers said on Monday.
Tournament director Nigel Wood told a press conference that the event delivered on all its pre-tournament ambitions and has provided a lasting legacy for the sport.
"We believe that the success factors identified before the opening game were comprehensively delivered against," Wood said.
"When the audit is complete, we will be reporting a profit in excess of STG3.7 million ($A6.7 million) from a turnover north of STG15 million ($A27.18 million), which will be passed to the International Federation to take the game forward."
It is expected that the final figure will enable the Rugby Football League to double the profit of STG2 million ($A3.62 million) generated by the 2008 World Cup.
The 2013 tournament drew an aggregate crowd of 458,463, including an international record attendance of 74,468 for the final between Australia and New Zealand at Old Trafford, won 30-2 by Australia.
Organisers reported eight sell-outs and eight stadium record crowds for rugby league matches.