Rugby League World Cup

Crowning the Champions of the World since 1954

The Rugby League World Cup was the brain-child of French Rugby League official, Paul Barriere, who promoted the idea of a World Cup for Rugby in the early fifties. This came to fruition in 1954 when Great Britain defeated France in Paris to become Rugby’s first-ever world cup winners. It is played now every four years with qualification phases arranged around the world in the lead up to the tournament. It is open to all full and affiliate members of the RLIF. Since 2013 the RLWC finals series has involved 14 teams, in 2021 it will increase to a 16 team format. From 2017, the World Cup Trophy will be named in honour of Paul Barriere.

The world cup features competitions for men, women and wheelchair players and is played every fourth year in the odd year. The next competition will be in England in 2021.

FIXTURES & RESULTS

Men

Australia
52
FT
6
France
Rugby League World Cup, Round 2
03.11.2017
Canberra Stadium, Canberra
France
18
FT
29
Lebanon
Rugby League World Cup, Round 1
29.10.2017
Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Scotland
4
FT
50
Tonga Invitational
Rugby League World Cup, Round 1
29.10.2017
Barlow Park, Cairns
Ireland
36
FT
12
Italy
Rugby League World Cup, Round 1
29.10.2017
Barlow Park, Cairns
New Zealand
38
FT
8
Samoa
Rugby League World Cup, Round 1
28.10.2017
Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland
Papua New Guinea
50
FT
6
Wales
Rugby League World Cup, Round 1
28.10.2017
National Stadium, Port Moresby
Fiji
58
FT
12
USA
Rugby League World Cup, Round 1
28.10.2017
Townsville Stadium
Australia
18
FT
4
England
Rugby League World Cup, Round 1
27.10.2017
Melbourne Rectangular Stadium

ENGLAND 2021

In a breakthrough moment in rugby league, the Men’s, Women’s and Wheelchair competitions will be staged in a single, celebratory event.

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