2017 Rugby League World Cup

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2017 (2017) World Cup  ()
Number of teams 14
Host countries  Australia
 New Zealand
 < 2013

The 2017 Rugby League World Cup will be the fifteenth staging of the Rugby League World Cup and will be held in Australia and New Zealand

Host bidding[edit]

At the 2010 Rugby League International Federation executive meeting the New Zealand Rugby League made an early submission to co-host the 2017 tournament with Australia.[1]

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.[2][3][4]

On 19 February 2014, it was announced that the joint bid from Australia and New Zealand had won hosting rights.[5]


Unlike the previous world cup where 12 of the 14 sides qualified automatically it was announced on the 3 August 2014 that 7 of the 8 quarter finalists from the last world cup, hosts Australia and New Zealand, England, Fiji, France, Samoa and Scotland, will qualify automatically. 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.[6]