2017 Rugby League World Cup qualifying

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2017 Rugby League World Cup qualification
Tournament details
Dates15 October 2015 – 29 October 2016
Teams11 (from 4 confederations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played13
2013
2021

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.[1] 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.

Qualified teams[edit]

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.[2] Papua New Guinea were granted automatic qualification as co-hosts in 2015.[3]

Team Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Consecutive
finals
appearances
Previous best
performance
 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)

Continental qualification[edit]

European[edit]

Qualified


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.[4] 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

Group A

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
 Wales 2 2 0 0 70 14 +56 4
 Italy 2 1 0 1 76 34 +42 2
 Serbia 2 0 0 2 14 112 –98 0


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

Group B

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
 Ireland 2 2 0 0 116 22 +94 4
 Russia 2 1 0 1 56 76 –20 2
 Spain 2 0 0 2 12 86 –74 0


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

European play-off[edit]

4 November 2016 Italy  76–0  Russia Leigh Sports Village, Leigh, England

Asia-Pacific[edit]

Qualified


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

Americas[edit]

Qualified


One team qualified from this region. A three-team round robin tournament was held in Florida in December 2015 to determine the qualifier.[5]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
 United States 2 2 0 0 54 38 +16 4
 Jamaica 2 0 1 1 32 38 –6 1
 Canada 2 0 1 1 42 52 –10 1


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

Middle East-Africa[edit]

Qualified


One team qualified from this region. A two match series was held between South Africa and Lebanon to determine the qualifier.[6]

25 October 2015 South Africa  12–40  Lebanon Bosman Stadium, Brakpan
31 October 2015 South Africa  16–50  Lebanon Bosman Stadium, Brakpan

References[edit]

  1. ^ QUALIFICATION DETAILS FOR 2017 RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP ANNOUNCED, rlef.eu.com, 3 August 2014
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ Papua New Guinea to co-host Rugby League World Cup
  4. ^ "European Qualifiers for World Cup 2017 Announced". Rugby League International Federation. 15 April 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers Awarded to Jacksonville & Deland, FL". Archived from the original on 16 August 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Venue changed for Middle East-Africa RLWC qualifier". Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation. 24 July 2015. Retrieved 25 July 2015.