2021 Rugby League World Cup

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2021 (2021) Rugby League World Cup  ()
2021 Rugby League World Cup.png
Number of teams16
Host country England
Matches played31
 < 2017
2025

The 2021 Rugby League World Cup will be the sixteenth staging of the Rugby League World Cup and will be held in England from 15 October 2022 to 19 November 2022.[1] It was originally due to be held between 23 October 2021 and 27 November 2021, however the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent withdrawals of Australia and New Zealand caused the tournament to be postponed.[2] The tournament will be competed for by 16 teams, an increase of two from the previous two tournaments.[3]

For the first time, the Rugby League World Cup will be run in parity with the women's and wheelchair tournaments with all participants being paid the same, while all 61 matches across three tournaments will be broadcast live.[4][5]

Host selection[edit]

There were initially three bids for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup but the United Arab Emirates bid[6] had to be cancelled due to the arrest of Sol Mokdad at the behest of UAE rugby union officials.[7]

England, and the United States and Canada were the two remaining bidders of the event. The English RFL received UK government support - £15 million to enhance the tournament and up to a further £10 million into the game's infrastructure - for the event to be staged in the country. The RFL mentioned they wanted the event to be the most attended in history with over 1,000,000 people attending the grounds over the tournament's days. They were also planning to use 12 venues for the event which included non-purpose and rugby league-purpose stadiums.[8]

The United States and Canada bid was initially a sole United States bid from an Australian sports marketing agency, Moore Sports International (MSI). Jason Moore of MSI stated that rugby league has a strong following in several US markets and that fans new to rugby league and "who have a hunger for gladiatorial-style sports are going to fall in love with this extraordinary game".[9] Eight to ten cities, featuring venues from either the NFL or MLS, were planned for the event, offering Rugby League International Federation the opportunity to stage the tournament outside of Europe and Australasia for the first time.[10] Canada Rugby League later announced they wanted to be a part of the United States bid stating that the cities of Vancouver and Toronto could also potentially host matches.[11]

On 27 October 2016, the RLIF announced that England had won hosting rights for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.[12]

The World Cup draw was held on 16 January 2020,[13] hosted by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, at Buckingham Palace.[14]

Teams[edit]

Qualification[edit]

The eight quarter-finalists of the previous tournament in 2017 earned automatic qualification to the 2021 tournament. As such, the allocations were confirmed as 6 teams from Europe (excluding hosts), 6 from Asia-Pacific, 1 from Middle East-Africa, 1 from the Americas, and 1 from an intercontinental play-off.[15] Qualification began on 16 June 2018, and concluded on 16 November 2019.

Qualifying teams
Region Team Qualification
method
Previous
Apps
Previous best result World
ranking
1
Americas  Jamaica Americas winner 0 Debut 20
Asia-Pacific  Australia Automatic 15 Champions (11 times) 2
 Cook Islands Repechage play-off 2 Group stages (2000, 2013) 23
 Fiji Automatic 5 Semi-finals (2008, 2013, 2017) 5
 Tonga Automatic 5 Semi-finals (2017) 4
 New Zealand Automatic 15 Champions (2008) 1
 Papua New Guinea Automatic 7 Quarter-finals (2000, 2017) 6
 Samoa Automatic 5 Quarter-finals (2000, 2013, 2017) 7
Europe  England[a] Hosts 6 Runners-up (1975, 1995, 2017) 3
 France European winners 15 Runners-up (1954, 1968) 8
 Wales[a] European runners-up 5 Semi-finals (1995, 2000) 14
 Scotland[a] Europe play-off 1 4 Quarter-finals (2013) 9
 Ireland[a] Europe play-off 2 4 Quarter-finals (2000, 2008) 12
 Greece Europe play-off 3 0 Debut 11
 Italy Europe play-off 4 2 Group stages (2013, 2017) 13
Middle East-Africa  Lebanon Automatic 2 Quarter-finals (2017) 10
  1. ^ a b c d Competed as part of  Great Britain in nine previous tournaments, finishing as champions on three occasions (1954, 1960, 1972). The squads largely consisted of English players, but also featured Welsh players in every tournament. Scotland (1954, 1968, 1977, 1989–92) and Ireland (1957) were represented by native-born players in some tournaments.

Draw[edit]

The draw was originally scheduled to be finalised on 27 November 2019, exactly two years before the date of the tournament final, however, it was postponed until 16 January 2020.[13] The draw was made at Buckingham Palace on 16 January 2020 and was streamed live on Facebook. Teams from pot 1 were drawn by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, pot 2 by Katherine Grainger, and pot 3 by Jason Robinson.[16]

Each group had to have at least one team from the Pacific region. As such, Lebanon were not eligible to be drawn into Group A from pot 1.[17]

Seeded Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3

 England (A)
 Australia (B)
 New Zealand (C)
 Tonga (D)

 Fiji
 Lebanon
 Papua New Guinea
 Samoa

 France
 Jamaica
 Scotland
 Wales

 Cook Islands
 Greece
 Ireland
 Italy

Squads[edit]

From September 2022, teams announced wider squads of up to 38 players, which will be later reduced to 24 closer to the beginning of the tournament.[18]

Officiating[edit]

There will be eight main referees. No more than three referees can be from one country.[19][20][21] Henry Perenara was going to be a referee in the World Cup but withdrew from refereeing in both the World Cup and the NRL.[22]

On-field rules and disciplinary measures[edit]

Matches will be played to the International Rugby League (IRL) rules. Certain differences between the way the rules of Australia and Europe were clarified in September 2022. All drop goals will be worth one point and all play the ball infringements will result in a set restart. Introduced from the Australian National Rugby League (NRL) is the "captain's challenge" where under certain circumstances a team captain can ask for the referee's decision to be reviewed. Head injury assessments and subsequent treatment will follow the European model.[23]

A new match review panel comprising members from both the RFL and NRL will be established for the tournament to deal with disciplinary issues.[23]

Venues[edit]

The full list of 21 venues to be used for the three tournaments (men's, women's and wheelchair) was announced on 29 January 2019.[24] Eighteen venues will be used for the men's tournament and in addition Preston was announced as a training venue for the tournaments.[24] The use of the as-yet unbuilt Workington Community Stadium as a venue was thrown into doubt after the 2019 Allerdale Borough Council election when control of the council changed and the new council showed less enthusiasm for the new stadium project.[25] In early July 2019, Allerdale Council confirmed that they would be unable to host any matches in the tournament.[26] On 28 August 2019, it was announced that Kingston Park in Newcastle upon Tyne would host the three games originally allocated to Workington.[27]

Stadiums are referred to by their official name rather than sponsored name, as is International Rugby League policy.

Manchester London Newcastle Leeds Middlesbrough
Old Trafford Arsenal Stadium St James' Park Elland Road Riverside Stadium
Capacity: 74,994 Capacity: 60,260 Capacity: 52,405 Capacity: 37,890 Capacity: 34,742
Betfred 2017 Super League Grand Final 018 (cropped).jpg Emirates Stadium 2009.jpg SJP-NUFCvMUFC(27 Dec 21).jpg Elland Road, East Stand.jpg MFC Riverside Interior.JPG
Sheffield Hull
Bramall Lane Hull Stadium
Capacity: 32,702 Capacity: 25,400
Bramall.lane.stadium.jpg KC Stadium.JPG
Coventry Bolton
Coventry Arena Bolton Stadium
Capacity: 32,753 Capacity: 28,723
Ricoh Arena - geograph.org.uk - 901396.jpg Reebokstadium inside.jpg
Wigan Huddersfield
Wigan Stadium Kirklees Stadium
Capacity: 25,138 Capacity: 24,121
England v France 2013 RLWC (1).jpg Galpharm Stadium - geograph.org.uk - 312658.jpg
Leeds St Helens
Headingley Stadium St Helens Stadium
Capacity: 21,062 Capacity: 18,000
Leeds Rhinos v Warrington Wolves (4th May 2018) 025.jpg Langtree Park 3.jpg
Doncaster Warrington Leigh Newcastle York
Doncaster Stadium Warrington Stadium Leigh Sports Village Kingston Park York Community Stadium
Capacity: 15,231 Capacity: 15,200 Capacity: 12,000 Capacity: 10,200 Capacity: 8,500
Keepmoat1.jpg Halliwell Jones Stadium.jpg LeighStadium-May2008.jpg Kingston Park - 3 - geograph-1813910.jpg LNER Community Stadium, Monks Cross, York (29th August 2020) 006.jpg

NB: Anfield in Liverpool was due to host a quarter final match but became unavailable when the competition was moved from 2021 to 2022. It was replaced by the DW Stadium in Wigan.

Team base camps[edit]

Base camps are to be used by the 16 national squads to stay and train before and during the World Cup tournament. On 10 June 2020, these locations were released.[28]

Pre-tournament matches[edit]

Pre-tournament practice matches will take place the week before the first group stage match of the World Cup.

25 September 2022 Australia PM's XIII Australia 64 – 14 Papua New Guinea PNG PM's XIII Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane[29]  
19:35 AEST
Tries: Burton 2 (22', 64'), Cobbo 2 (29', 75'), Butcher (2'), Addo-Carr (9'), Crichton (12'), Lomax (14'), Averillo (33'), Walker (69'), Laurie (72'), Fermor (74')
Goals: Lomax 8
Tries: Gebbie (39'), Ngutlik (44'), Nima (54')
Goals: Laybutt 1

Referee: Todd Smith (Australia)
Touch judges: Liam Kennedy (Australia) & Wyatt Raymond (Australia)
7 October 2022 England  v  Fiji AJ Bell Stadium, Salford[30][a]  
7 October 0222 Cumbria Cumbria v  Jamaica Derwent Park, Workington[33]  
19:45
8 October 2022 Leeds Rhinos Rhinoscolours.svg v  New Zealand Headingley Stadium, Leeds[34]  
8 October 2022 France  v  Tonga The Shay, Halifax[35]  
8 October 2022 Scotland  v England England Knights Myreside Stadium, Edinburgh[36]  
8 October 2022 Wales  v  Lebanon Heywood Road, Sale[37]  
8 October 2022 Bradford Bulls Bullscolours.svg v  Greece Odsal Stadium, Bradford[38]  

Opening ceremony[edit]

The men's tournament opening ceremony will take place at St James' Park in Newcastle on 15 October 2022.[39][40] On 5 October 2022, the Kaiser Chiefs were announced as the headline act for the opening ceremony.[41]

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  England 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2  Samoa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  France 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  Greece 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 23 October 2021. Source: rlwc2021
15 October 2022 England  v  Samoa St James' Park, Newcastle
17 October 2022 France  v  Greece Doncaster Stadium, Doncaster
22 October 2022 England  v  France Bolton Stadium, Bolton
23 October 2022 Samoa  v  Greece Doncaster Stadium, Doncaster
29 October 2022 England  v  Greece Bramall Lane, Sheffield
30 October 2022 Samoa  v  France Warrington Stadium, Warrington

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2  Fiji 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 23 October 2021. Source: rlwc2021
15 October 2022 Australia  v  Fiji Headingley Stadium, Leeds
16 October 2022 Scotland  v  Italy Kingston Park, Newcastle
21 October 2022 Australia  v  Scotland Coventry Arena, Coventry
22 October 2022 Fiji  v  Italy Kingston Park, Newcastle
29 October 2022 Fiji  v  Scotland Kingston Park, Newcastle
29 October 2022 Australia  v  Italy St Helens Stadium, St Helens

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2  Lebanon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Jamaica 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 24 October 2021. Source: rlwc2021
16 October 2022 Jamaica  v  Ireland Headingley Stadium, Leeds
16 October 2022 New Zealand  v  Lebanon Warrington Stadium, Warrington
22 October 2022 New Zealand  v  Jamaica Hull Stadium, Hull
23 October 2022 Lebanon  v  Ireland Leigh Sports Village, Leigh
28 October 2022 New Zealand  v  Ireland Headingley Stadium, Leeds
30 October 2022 Lebanon  v  Jamaica Leigh Sports Village, Leigh

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Tonga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2  Papua New Guinea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  Cook Islands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 26 October 2021. Source: rlwc2021
18 October 2022 Tonga  v  Papua New Guinea St Helens Stadium, St Helens
19 October 2022 Wales  v  Cook Islands Leigh Sports Village, Leigh
24 October 2022 Tonga  v  Wales St Helens Stadium, St Helens
25 October 2022 Papua New Guinea  v  Cook Islands Warrington Stadium, Warrington
30 October 2022 Tonga  v  Cook Islands Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
31 October 2022 Papua New Guinea  v  Wales Doncaster Stadium, Doncaster

Knockout stage[edit]

The top 2 teams from each pool advanced to the quarter-finals. All quarter-finalists will automatically qualify for the 2025 Rugby League World Cup.

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
TBA
 
 
Group B winner
 
TBA
 
Group C runner-up
 
First quarter-final winner
 
TBA
 
Third quarter-final winner
 
Group C winner
 
TBA
 
Group B runner-up
 
First semi-final winner
 
TBA
 
Second semi-final winner
 
Group A winner
 
TBA
 
Group D runner-up
 
Second quarter-final winner
 
TBA
 
Fourth quarter-final winner
 
Group D winner
 
 
Group A runner-up
 

Quarter-finals[edit]

First quarter-final[edit]

First quarter-final
4 November 2022
19:30 GMT (UTC±00:00)
Group B winner v Group C runner-up

Second quarter-final[edit]

Second quarter-final
5 November 2022
14:30 GMT (UTC±00:00)
Group A winner v Group D runner-up

Third quarter-final[edit]

Third quarter-final
5 November 2022
19:30 GMT (UTC±00:00)
Group C winner v Group B runner-up

Fourth quarter-final[edit]

Fourth quarter-final
6 November 2022
14:30 GMT (UTC±00:00)
Group D winner v Group A runner-up

Semi-finals[edit]

First semi-final[edit]

First semi-final
11 November 2022
19:45 GMT (UTC±00:00)
First quarter-final winner v Third quarter-final winner

Second semi-final[edit]

Second semi-final
12 November 2022
14:30 GMT (UTC±00:00)
Second quarter-final winner v Fourth quarter-final winner

Final[edit]

Final
19 November 2022
16:00 GMT (UTC±00:00)
First semi-final winner v Second semi-final winner

Broadcasting[edit]

The Rugby League World Cup announced a partnership with the International Rugby League (IRL) in July 2020. The organisations will work together on match broadcast production and the sale of global broadcast rights.[42]

In April 2019, it was reported that the digital strategy for the tournament will be led by Deloitte.[43] In May 2019, the world cup organisers announced they were looking for an esport partner to engage new audiences with the sport.[44]

Region Broadcaster Free-to-Air/
Subscription
Details
 Australia Foxtel (Fox League and Kayo Sports) Subscription All 61 matches across the three tournaments.[45]
Denmark Denmark
Estonia Estonia
Finland Finland
Iceland Iceland
Latvia Latvia
Lithuania Lithuania
Netherlands Netherlands
Norway Norway
Poland Poland
Sweden Sweden
Viaplay Subscription TBA[46]
France France BeIN Sports Subscription All 61 matches across the three tournaments.[47]
Sport en France Free All France men's, women's and wheelchair national team games and tournament finals.[48]
 New Zealand Spark Sport Subscription All 61 matches live across the 31 men's, 15 women's and 15 wheelchair.[49]
 Papua New Guinea EM TV Free All 61 matches live across the 31 men's, 15 women's and 15 wheelchair.[50]
 United Kingdom BBC Free All 31 matches live on BBC One or BBC Two as well as on BBC iPlayer, Venue launch programme[51] and highlights programme[52][53]
OurLeague App Subscription All 31 matches live, exclusive post match interviews and OuRLeague highlights programme.
RugbyAM (FreeSports) Free Highlights programme and post match interviews.
Middle East & North Africa Premier Sports Subscription TBA
South East Asia Premier Sports Subscription TBA
United States United States FITE TV Subscription All 31 matches live on pay per view.[54]

Marketing[edit]

Legacy[edit]

The 2021 Rugby League World Cup commenced a legacy project called InspirationALL in 2018.[55]

Festival of World Cups[edit]

In 2019 it was announced that the RLWC contacted Rugby League governing bodies across the world regarding a 'Festival of World Cups'. Organisers have stated the festival of world cups will take place in the summer of 2021, before the commencement of the Men's, Women's, and Wheelchair tournaments, taking place in the autumn of 2021.[56]

Previous world cup tournaments have also hosted a Festival of World Cups, which have historically included a University World Cup, Police World Cup, and a Defence Forces World Cup. 2021 is expected to include an emerging nations tournament for both men and women.

In August 2020, the Festival Of World Cups was postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic [57]

The festival will see the Physical Disability Rugby League World Cup, which will be the first of its kind and take place in Warrington.[58]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Match originally scheduled to be played at Rochdale[31][32]

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