Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) and the UK Government have announced their intention to stage the flagship event in the international Rugby League calendar in 2022.
The extremely difficult decision was taken by the RLWC2021 Board, which includes representation from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and the International Rugby League (IRL) Board.
This follows extensive and urgent consultation conducted by RLWC2021 Chief Executive Officer Jon Dutton and his team, which engaged players, competing nations, the Rugby League Players Association (Australia), UK Government, hosts, commercial and broadcast partners.
Tournament organisers faced several unique and complex challenges with the most significant being the non-release of up to 400 players, match officials and staff members from the NRL competition in Australia. This is despite all requests from international rugby league federations having been met which included the rigorous health measures that have been keeping thousands of elite athletes from around the world safe whilst competing in major sporting events across the UK over the last year.
Ultimately this decision has been detrimental to the plans and ambitions of many of the competing nations and potential replacement teams. A key factor was ensuring that fans of Rugby League are able to enjoy the best possible tournament, which was not possible under these circumstances.
The Rugby League World Cup 2021 will be held in October and November 2021, and will be one of the most inclusive and diverse events ever hosted in England, promoting the three simultaneous disciplines of the men’s, women’s and wheelchair World Cup.
Liverpool will welcome world-class athletes, playing an incredible sport, performing on Rugby League’s biggest stage, and it will deliver some inspirational and memorable moments that will become highlights of the 2021 sporting calendar and beyond. Liverpool and St Helens will be hosts locations and venues for the games and the teams.
Liverpool is the only city to host a match across the men’s, women’s and wheelchair events, so therefore is going to be a key destination during the Rugby League World Cup, some of the competition’s biggest moments will be here in a city with such a rich sporting history.
For the first time, the women’s and wheelchair competitions are taking on added importance in 2021.
Liverpool will be hosting three fixtures at RLWC2021, starting off with an Anfield double-header, before staging the wheelchair final.
The full fixture list for Liverpool and St Helens is as follows:
Tonga Men V PNG Men - Totally Wicked Stadium (Tuesday 26th October)
Tonga Men v Wales Men – Totally Wicked Stadium (Monday 1st November)
Australia Men v Italy Men – Totally Wicked Stadium (Saturday 6th November)
England vs Canada (Women's) - Anfield (Saturday 13th November)
Men's Quarter-Final (Teams TBC) - Anfield (Saturday 13th November)
Wheelchair Final (Teams TBC) - M&S Bank Arena (Friday 26th November)
Accommodation has been secured at special rates for visitors attending the Rugby League World Cup 2021.
Totally Wicked Stadium: Tonga Men v PNG Men – Tuesday 26th October 2021 – click here
Totally Wicked Stadium: Tonga Men v Wales Men – Monday 1st November 2021 – click here
Totally Wicked Stadium: Australia Men v Italy Men – Saturday 6th November 2021 – click here
Anfield Stadium: Women’s England V Canada and Men’s Quarter Final - Saturday 13th November 2021 – click here
M&S Bank Arena Wheelchair Final – Friday 26th November 2021 – click here
We look forward to welcoming you to Liverpool and hope that you enjoy the Rugby League World Cup 2021.
Rugby League clubs in Liverpool can book in their sessions for RLWC2021’s Ahead of the Game training which is delivered in partnership with Rugby League Cares and world-renowned men’s mental health charity Movember.
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