Rugby League Planet - 2017 Rugby League World Cup
2017 RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP OVERVIEW
Host Nations - Australia & New Zealand with possible games hosted in PNG and Pacific Nations
Number of Teams - 14
2017 World Cup Snapshot - The 2017 Rugby League World Cup will be the 15th instalment of the oldest Rugby World Cup tournament on the planet. The games will be hosted by Australia and New Zealand with PNG hosting some games. Fourteen teams will participate.
In late July 2010 at the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) meeting in Singapore the New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) made their intentions clear about co-hosting the tournament in 2017.
On October the 29th 2012 the Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) released their 5 year strategic plan which included the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. The Australian's confirmed that they will co-host the 2017 tournament with their Pacific neighbour New Zealand. The ARLC also stated that they would be aiming to make the 2017 RLWC the best World Cup ever staged.
In April 2013 on the back of announcing broadcasting arrangements for the 2013 RLWC the BBC were confirmed as broadcasting partners for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. Australian Broadcasters for the 2017 tournament are still to be confirmed.
During the bidding process there were calls from Mal Meninga for Papua New Guinea to host some games during the tournament if Australia and New Zealand won the bidding process.
From left field the South African Rugby League also submitted a bid application to the Rugby League International Federation to host the 2017 World Cup. South Africa have already established a history of playing in the Rugby League World Cup and participated in 1995 and 2000. The SARL have also been fighting a battle back home in South Africa to have Rugby League officially recognised so they can gain access to much needed government funding. Hosting the RLWC in their eyes would bring much needed exposure and funding to the game in South Africa and would also assist with offiical recognition of the sport in South Africa. Unfortunately South Africa's dream of hosting the Rugby League World Cup was not to be.
On the 19th of February 2014 the Rugby League International Federation announced Australia and New Zealand as joint hosts for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. The Pool format would see 2 Pools hosted by Australia. One Pool hosted by New Zealand with another Pool co-hosted by New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
The CEO of New Zealand Rugby League Phil Holden has also mentioned that their proposal also tabled the possibility of a game being played in either Fiji or Samoa. The location of all games are yet to be decided with a tendering process for matches more then likely play a big part in the location of group games.
On 3rd of August 2014 the Rugby League International Federation released the details of the qualifying process for the World Cup. Seven nations, who were all quarter finalists in the 2013 tournament, Australia, New Zealand, England, Fiji, France, Samoa and Scotland have automatically qualified. The remaining seven places will be up for grabs via qualifiers from four regions around the world. Three nations from Europe, two nations via Asia Pacific, one nation from the Americas and another nation from Middle-East Africa will make up the remaining seven places.
Australia and New Zealand will be looking to outdo their northern hemisphere brothers by staging the biggest and best Rugby League World Cup in the history of the Tournament.
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2017 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers
Details on the make up of teams for the 2017 RLWC qualifiers are due to be released in October 2014. The final make up of the 14 team will be decided by December 1st 2016.
2017 Rugby League World Cup Group Format
The Pool format will be based on the 14 Team format used in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. It is still to be confirmed but it is expected the Australia, New Zealand and England could be grouped in a Super Pool with the 4th ranked team in the world.
Group One - 4 teams
Group Two - 4 teams
Group Three - 3 teams
Group Four - 3 teams
2017 Rugby League World Cup Finals Format
The finals system will be based on the 14 Team format used in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.