2017 Rugby League World Cup qualifying
|Dates||15 October 2015 – 29 October 2016|
|Teams||11 (from 4 confederations)|
Fourteen teams participated in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. In August 2014 it was announced that seven teams had been granted automatic qualification, with four regional qualification tournaments selecting the remaining seven teams. Qualification began in earnest on 9 May 2015 when Spain played Latvia in a knock-out match, although the European Group B competition (which was used as a preliminary qualification tournament) began on 17 May 2014.
Eight teams automatically qualified for the World Cup. Seven of the teams which reached the quarter-finals of the 2013 World Cup were granted automatic qualification; the other quarter-finalists, USA, were denied automatic qualification due to an internal governance dispute and instead forced to enter the qualification process. Papua New Guinea were granted automatic qualification as co-hosts in 2015.
|Australia||Host||19 February 2014||15th||2013||15||Winners (1957, 1968, 1970, 1975, 1977, 1988, 1992, 1995, 2000, 2013)|
|New Zealand||Host||19 February 2014||15th||2013||15||Winners (2008)|
|England||Automatic qualifier||5 August 2014||6th||2013||5||Runners-up (1975, 1995)|
|Fiji||Automatic qualifier||5 August 2014||5th||2013||5||Semi-final (2008, 2013)|
|France||Automatic qualifier||5 August 2014||15th||2013||15||Runners-up (1954, 1968)|
|Samoa||Automatic qualifier||5 August 2014||5th||2013||5||Quarter-finals (2000, 2013)|
|Scotland||Automatic qualifier||5 August 2014||4th||2013||4||Quarter-finals (2013)|
|Papua New Guinea||Host||8 October 2015||7th||2013||7||Quarter-finals (2000)|
|Tonga||Asia-Pacific play-off winner||17 October 2015||5th||2013||5||Group stage (1995, 2000, 2008, 2013)|
|Lebanon||Middle East-Africa play-off winner||31 October 2015||2nd||2000||1||Group stage (2000)|
|United States||Americas qualifying group winner||12 December 2015||2nd||2013||2||Quarter-finals (2013)|
|Wales||European qualifying group 1 winner||29 October 2016||5th||2013||2||Semi-final (1995, 2000)|
|Ireland||European qualifying group 2 winner||29 October 2016||4th||2013||4||Quarter-finals (2000, 2008)|
|Italy||European qualifying Play-off winner||4 November 2016||2nd||2013||2||Group stage (2013)|
Three additional teams qualified from this region. A two-group, round-robin tournament took place in October 2016 to determine the qualifying nations - this was contested by the winners of the 2015 European Championship C tournament, the top three teams from the 2014–15 European Championship B tournament, and seeded nations Wales and Ireland. The tournament featured two groups of three teams playing in a single round-robin format. The winners of each group qualified for the World Cup, while the runners-up faced each other in a play-off match on 5 November 2016 to determine the final spot. A seeded draw took place to determine the groups on 5 November 2015.
|Key to colours in pool tables|
|Qualifies for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup|
|Qualifies for play-off match for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup|
|Fails to qualify for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup|
|15 October 2016||Wales||50–0||Serbia||Stebonheath Park, Llanelli|
|22 October 2016||Serbia||14–62||Italy||Makiš Stadium, Belgrade|
|29 October 2016||Italy||14–20||Wales||Stadio Brianteo, Monza|
|15 October 2016||Russia||40–6||Spain||Fili Stadium, Moscow|
|22 October 2016||Spain||6–46||Ireland||Polideportivo Quatre Carrares, Valencia|
|29 October 2016||Ireland||70–16||Russia||Carlisle Grounds, Bray|
|4 November 2016||Italy||76–0||Russia||Leigh Sports Village, Leigh, England|
Two additional qualifying places were initially allocated to this region. Papua New Guinea were granted automatic qualification in 2015 after being confirmed as co-hosts, leaving one additional team to qualify from this region. A single play-off between Tonga and Cook Islands determined the final qualifier.
|17 October 2015||Tonga||28–8||Cook Islands||Campbelltown Stadium, Campbelltown, Australia|
|4 December 2015||United States||20–14||Jamaica||Hodges Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida|
|8 December 2015||Canada||18–18||Jamaica||Spec Martin Stadium, DeLand, Florida|
|12 December 2015||United States||34–24||Canada||Hodges Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida|
One team qualified from this region. A two match series was held between South Africa and Lebanon to determine the qualifier.
|25 October 2015||South Africa||12–40||Lebanon||Bosman Stadium, Brakpan|
|31 October 2015||South Africa||16–50||Lebanon||Bosman Stadium, Brakpan|
- QUALIFICATION DETAILS FOR 2017 RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP ANNOUNCED, rlef.eu.com, 3 August 2014
- Scotland qualify for 2017 World Cup after RLIF announce seven automatic places for quarter-finalists from 2013 World Cup dailymail.co.uk, 3 August 2014
- Papua New Guinea to co-host Rugby League World Cup
- "European Qualifiers for World Cup 2017 Announced". Rugby League International Federation. 15 April 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
- "Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers Awarded to Jacksonville & Deland, FL". Archived from the original on 16 August 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
- "Venue changed for Middle East-Africa RLWC qualifier". Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation. 24 July 2015. Retrieved 25 July 2015.