2018 Emerging Nations World Championship

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2018 (2018) Emerging Nations World Championship  ()
Number of teams 11
Host country  Australia
Winner  Malta
Runner-up  Niue

Matches played 22
Points scored 1025 (46.59 per match)
Top scorer Poland Ethan Niszczot (60)
Top try scorers Poland Chippie Korostchuk (6)
Niue Justice Utatao (6)
 < 2000

The 2018 Emerging Nations World Championship (ENWC) was the rugby league tournament held for Tier Two and Tier Three nations, the third edition of the Rugby League Emerging Nations Tournament.


Several nations that had not qualified, or were not eligible to qualify, for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup planned to contest an Emerging Nations tournament in Sydney in 2017 alongside the World Cup. However this tournament did not get support from the Rugby League International Federation, and did not go ahead.[1]

On 29 March 2017, the Rugby League International Federation announced that Australia will be host the tournament in 2018.[2] The two-week-long tournament will be held in Western Sydney, New South Wales with games taking place in Windsor, St Marys and Cabramatta.[3]


Ten teams were already confirmed for the tournament by March 2017[2] with a number of others later also announcing their participation.[4][5][6] 15 teams were expected to compete, though Canada, India, Latvia, and Thailand were not included in the final draw, for unspecified reasons.

Nation Coach Notable players RLIF Rank
(Jul 2018)
 Greece Steve Georgallis Stefanos Bastas, Michael Korkidas, Jordan Meads[7]
 Hong Kong Jason Fairleigh[8]
 Hungary Jonathan Wilson Stuart Flanagan[9]
 Japan  Viliami Ahosivi Gehamat Shibasaki[10]
 Malta Peter Cassar &
Aaron McDonald
Tyler Cassel, Jarrod Sammut,[11] Sam Stone[12]
 Niue Brendan "Bman" Perenara Zebastian Lucky Luisi, Eddie Paea, Sione Tovo[13]
 Philippines Arwin Marcus Shane Gray, Payne Haas (Sent to blood bin),[14] Paul Sheedy[15]
 Poland Lee Addison[16][17] Harry Siejka[18]
 Solomon Islands John Jewiss[19]
 Turkey Scott Hartas Emre Guler, Aidan Sezer, Jansin Turgut[20]
 Vanuatu Lionel Harbin[21] Alehana Mara[22]

Four multi-country regional teams will compete in a parallel tournament.[2]

Region Organising body Eligible countries
Africa Africa United Rugby League
Latin America Latin Heat Rugby League
23 sovereign states in the Americas, plus Puerto Rico.[24]
Mediterranean Mediterranean Rugby League
South East Asia ASEAN RL Association


The venues are located in the Western region of the Sydney metropolis.
  • Cabramatta: New Era Stadium, home of the Cabramatta Two Blues, has previously hosted four international fixtures: Philippines vs Serbia (2016), Philippines vs Malta, Lebanon vs Malta, and Malta vs Hungary (all 2017).
  • Kellyville: Kellyville Ridge Reserve, all-weather synthetic pitch previously unused at any level, hosted games on 7 October as Cabramatta was closed due to flooding.[25]
  • St Marys: St Marys Leagues Stadium, home of the St Marys Saints, has previously hosted six international fixtures: Fiji vs Tonga, Samoa vs Cook Islands, Lebanon vs Malta (all 2006), Lebanon vs Malta (2015), Malta vs Hungary, South Africa vs Malta (both 2018). It contains a 520-seat grandstand and has a total capacity of 7,000.[26]
  • Windsor: Windsor Sporting Complex, home of the Windsor Wolves, has not previously hosted an international fixture.

Pool stage[edit]

Tournament fixtures were announced on 17 July 2018.[27]

Key to colours in pool tables
Advances to Cup play-offs (1st to 4th places)
Advances to Trophy play-offs (5th to 8th places)
Advances to Bowl play-offs (9th to 11th places)

Pool A[edit]

Pool B[edit]

Pool C[edit]






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  15. ^ 24 September 2018. "Philippines name squad as Emerging Nations quickly approaches". RLENWC.com. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  16. ^ "Polska Rugby XIII pragnie ogłosić, że nowym trenerem drużyny reprezentującej nasz kraj podczas Emerging Nations World Championship w Sydney został ceniony szkoleniowiec - Lee Addison". Twitter (in Polish). Polska Rugby XIII. 10 August 2018. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
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  19. ^ "Late surge not enough for Solomon Island rugby league team". Radio NZ. 2 October 2018. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  20. ^ "Sezer and Guler named in Turkish train-on squad". RLENWC. 21 August 2018. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
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  26. ^ "St Marys Leagues Stadimum". AUStadiums. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  27. ^ "Draw Announced for Emerging Nations World Championships". RLIF. 17 July 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2018.

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