Rugby League World Cup ENGLAND 2021

23 October - 27th November

The Rugby League World Cup has been the pinnacle of International Rugby League since 1954. Now contested every four years, with a series of qualification tournaments leading up to it, the RLWC is open to all full and affiliate members of the International Rugby League (IRL).

England 2021 will be a breakthrough moment in the sport, when the Men’s, Women’s and Wheelchair competitions will be staged in a single, celebratory event, culminating in an epic Finals Weekend to crown the champions of each. 

MEN'S

In 2021 more teams than ever will compete to be crowned Rugby League World Cup Champions with four pools of four nations competing in 17 stadia across England.

POOL A 
POOL B 
POOL C
POOL D
England  Australia  New Zealand  Tonga 
Samoa  Fiji  Lebanon  Papua New Guinea 
France  Scotland  Jamaica  Wales
Greece  Italy Ireland Cook Islands 

Women's 

England 2021 will see eight teams compete over 18 days. The opening Women’s match will take place at Emerald Headingley Stadium on Tuesday 9 November between England and Brazil. The final will be played as a double-header with the Men's at Old Trafford on Saturday 27 November.

POOL A

POOL B

England  Australia 
Papua New Guinea  New Zealand 
Canada  France 
Brazil Cook Isalnds 

Wheelchair 

In 2021, for the first time ever, the wheelchair competition will be part of the Rugby League World Cup main event. It will be contested by eight teams over 15 days, starting on Thursday, 11 November with England vs Australia at the Copper Box in London’s Olympic Park. The final will be at the M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool on Friday 26 November.

POOL A

POOL B

England  France 
Australia  Wales
Spain  Scotland 
Norway  USA

Team Bases 

Squads from 21 unique nations and 32 teams will be based in different locations across England. 

KEY Dates

2020 

Tickets are due to go on sale late 2020 along with the draw release. Fans looking to join the ticket ballot can do so at RLWC2021.com. 

2021 

23 October Men's group stages commence (England v Samoa, St James Park, Newcastle) 
9 November Women's group stages commence (England v Brazil, Emerald Headingley Stadium, Leeds) 
11 November Wheelchair group stages commence (England v Australia, The Copper Box Arena, London)
12 November Men's quarter finals commence
19 November Men's semi finals commence 
21 November Wheelchair semi finals start 
22 November Women's semi finals 
26 November Wheelchair final 
27 November Women's and Men's finals, Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester   

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