2017 Rugby League World Cup
|Number of teams||14|
|Host countries|| Australia
Two formal bids were subsequently received by the RLIF before a November 2012 deadline; the co-host bid from Australia and New Zealand and a bid from South Africa. On 19 February 2014, it was announced that the joint bid from Australia and New Zealand had won hosting rights.
It was announced on August 3 2014 that 7 of the 8 quarter-finalists from the last World Cup will qualify automatically for the 2017 tournament; hosts Australia and New Zealand, England, Fiji, France, Samoa and Scotland. The USA, who were also 2013 quarter-finalists, were denied automatic qualification after a long-running internal governance dispute saw their RLIF membership temporarily suspended in 2014; they were later accepted to take part in the qualification process once the matter was resolved. In addition to the seven automatic qualifiers, the remaining seven spots will come from four different qualification zones; three from Europe, two from Asia/Pacific, one from Americas and one from Middle East/Africa.
|Australia (15th appearance)||The Kangaroos|
|England (6th appearance)||The Wall of White|
|Fiji (5th appearance)||The Bati|
|France (15th appearance)||Les Chanticleers|
|New Zealand (15th appearance)||The Kiwis|
|Samoa (5th appearance)||Toa Samoa|
|Scotland (4th appearance)||The Bravehearts|
- Kilgallon, Steve (1 August 2010). "NZ prepares bid to co-host 2017 World Cup". The Sunday Star-Times. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
- Australia-NZ Rugby League World Cup bid progresses 3News, 21 October 2013
- "Qualification details for 2017". The RFL. 3 August 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014.