Everything We Know About The 2021 England Rugby League World Cup
Rugby fans across the globe are gearing up for the men's 2021 England Rugby League World Cup, taking place from the 23rd of October to the 27th of November. Following the nail biting conclusion of the 2017 Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea Rugby League World Cup, where Australia beat England in the final, England will be eager for another shot of the trophy on home ground.
2021 England Rugby League World Cup
The 16th staging of the tournament will see 16 teams go head to head, hosted in England after their passionate bid. The Rugby Football League are hoping that the World Cup will be the most attended in history, as they are preparing for over one million people to attend, spread across several prestigious stadiums.
Which stadiums will the 2021 England Rugby League World Cup be held in?
Take a look at the released stadiums to host the games:
- Manchester - Old Trafford
- London - Emirates Stadium & Copper Box Arena
- Liverpool - Anfield & M&S Bank Arena
- Newcastle - St James' Park
- Leeds - Elland Road & Headingley Stadium
- Sheffield - Bramall Lane & English Institute of Sport
- Bolton - University of Bolton Stadium
- Huddersfield - John Smith's Stadium
- Leigh & Wigan - Leigh Sports Village
- Warrington - Halliwell Jones Stadium
- Doncaster - Keepmoat Stadium
- St Helens - Totally Wicked Stadium
- Newcastle - Kingston Park
- Leeds - Headingley Stadium
- York - York Community Stadium
- Hull - KCOM Stadium
- Preston - TBC
- Middlesbrough - Riverside Stadium
- Workington - Workington Community Stadium
- Coventry - Ricoh Arena
Including all quarter-finalists from the previous tournament, teams from all over the globe are training hard for the event. Since Prince Harry drew the four groups, fans are excited to see such powerhouses as England, Australia, New Zealand and Wales lock horns. A staple of nearly every sporting event is its opening ceremony, and the Rugby League World Cup is no different. On the 23rd of October 2021, the men's tournament's opening ceremony is set to take Newcastle's stadium, St James' Park, by storm.
You may be wondering "where can I watch the 2021 rugby league world cup?" - the BBC has got you covered. All 31 matches will be broadcast on BBC One and BBC Two, including a venue launch programme and highlights of the matches. In 2019, the Rugby League World Cup organisers declared that alongside the usual sports partners, they wanted to expand the events reach through an eSports partner, marketing a shift in the sports marketing strategy.
Also in 2021, will be the Festival of World Cups, which may include a University World Cup, Police World Cup, and a Defence Forces World Cup. The championship will also make history with the first Physical Disability Rugby League World Cup, increasing representation for a diverse range of athletes. Similarly, it has been announced that the InspirationALL's legacy project will improve sporting opportunities for deprived areas. Later in 2019, it was also announced that UNICEF would become the official charity of the tournament.
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