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2017 RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP OVERVIEW

Host Nations - Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea

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 three games. Fourteen teams will participate.

2017 RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP OVERVIEW

Host Nations - Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea

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 three 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.

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 offical 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. 

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. On the 8th of October 2015 Mal Meninga's request came to pass as the Rugby League International Federation announced that Papua New Guinea will be hosting three World Cup matches.

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

 2017 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers

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 are 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.

Asia Pacific Qualifiers (2 Nations)

With Papua New Guinea being awarded the right to host three games in early October 2015 they automatically qualified securing one of the Pacific qualifying places that was up for grabs.

On the 17th of October at Campbelltown Stadium Tonga defeated Cook Islands 28 - 8 in the final and only Pacific qualifying match securing their place in the 2017 RLWC and taking the remaining Pacific qualifying place.

Pacific Qualifiers RLWC 2017

Middle East Africa Qualifiers (1 Nation)

South Africa hosted Lebanon in a two game qualifying series to determine who will secure the one place available in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup for the Middle East Africa qualifier. The matches took place in Petoria on the 25th and 31st of October 2015. Lebanon won the first leg of the qualifiers defeating South Africa 40 to 12. Lebanon won their 2nd match 50 - 16 and also secured their place in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

Middle East Africa RLWC 2017 Qualifiers

 

 

Americas Qualifiers (1 Nation)

In December 2015 Canada, Jamaica and the United States battled it out for the one place available to the winner of the Americas qualifying leg. On December 4th the United States took on Jamaica at Jacksonville. Jamaica surprised everyone and the USA only just got home winning 20 - 14. Then on the December 8th Canada and Jamaica's clash finished in and 18 all draw in Deland. The last qualifier which decide the team through to the World Cup, took place on December the 12th between United States and Canada in Jacksonville. Canada where in the box seat after half time but the USA clawed their way back to defeat Canada 34 - 24 and also secure their 2nd consecutive World Cup appearance. 

 

Americas 2017 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers 

European Qualifiers (3 Nations)

It wasn't until the 18th of October 2015 that the make-up of the final 6 teams to contest the European qualifying leg was confirmed. Newcomers Spain become the six side in the European qualifiers set to take place in late 2016. Spain will join Ireland, Wales, Serbia, Russia and Italy in the 2017 European RLWC qualifiers.

The draw, which is seeded, will create two pools of three nations:

Pool A          Pool B
Wales          Russia
Serbia          Spain
Italy             Ireland

One seed is placed in each group.

Once the two pools where created the positions within each will be allocated - Team A, Team B and Team C - which will give the order of play for the fixtures, with each nation having one home fixture.

The group winners will qualify automatically and the third nation from Europe, making up the 14th in all in the World Cup, will be determined after a play off.

Results:

Oct 16th Russia 40 v Spain 6, Fili, Moscow, Russia, Pool B (RLWCQ)
Oct 15th Wales 50 v Serbia 0, Llanelli, Wales Pool A (RLWCQ)
Oct 23rd Spain 6 v Ireland 46, Quatre Carrero, Valencia, Spain, Pool B (RLWCQ)
Oct 22nd Serbia 14 v Italy 62, Makis Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia, Pool A (RLWCQ)
Oct 29th Italy 14 v Wales 20, Stadio Brianteo, Monza, Italy, Pool A (RLWCQ)
Oct 30th Ireland 70 v Russia 16, Carlisle Grounds, Bray, Ireland Pool B (RLWCQ)

Nov 4th 2nd Pool A (Italy 76) v 2nd Pool B (Russia 0), Leigh Sports Village, England (RLWCQ)

Wales became the 12th team to qualify for the 2017 RLWC after beating Italy 14 -20 in Monza and finishing top of Pool A. Ireland were 13th team to qualify with a big win over Russia 70 -16. The following week Italy were confirmed as the 14th and final team by crushing Russia 76 - 0.

 

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.

Pool A
Australia
England
France
Lebanon

Pool B
New Zealand
Samoa
Scotland
Tonga

Pool C
Papua New Guinea
Wales
Ireland

Pool D
Fiji
USA
Italy

2017 Rugby League World Cup Fixtures, Dates and kick-off times

Round 1

27/10/2017 Pool – Round 1 Australia vs England Melbourne Rectangular Stadium
28/10/2017 Pool – Round 1 PNG v Wales Port Moresby (venue TBA)
28/10/2017 Pool – Round 1 New Zealand vs Samoa Mt Smart, Auckland
28/10/2017 Pool – Round 1 Fiji vs USA Townsville Stadium
29/10/2017 Pool – Round 1 Scotland vs Tonga Barlow Park, Cairns
29/10/2017 Pool – Round 1 Ireland vs Italy Barlow Park, Cairns
29/10/2017 Pool – Round 1 France vs Lebanon Canberra Stadium

Round 2

3/11/2017 Pool – Round 2 Australia vs France Canberra Stadium
4/11/2017 Pool – Round 2 New Zealand vs Scotland Christchurch Stadium
4/11/2017 Pool – Round 2 Samoa vs Tonga Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
4/11/2017 Pool – Round 2 England vs Lebanon Sydney Football Stadium
5/11/2017 Pool – Round 2 PNG vs Ireland Port Moresby (venue TBA)
5/11/2017 Pool – Round 2 Italy vs USA Townsville Stadium
5/11/2017 Pool – Round 2 Fiji vs Wales Townsville Stadium

Round 3

10/11/2017 Pool – Round 3 Fiji vs Italy Canberra Stadium
11/11/2017 Pool – Round 3 Samoa vs Scotland Barlow Park, Cairns
11/11/2017 Pool – Round 3 New Zealand vs Tonga Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
11/11/2017 Pool – Round 3 Australia vs Lebanon Sydney Football Stadium
12/11/2017 Pool – Round 3 PNG vs USA Port Moresby (venue TBA)
12/11/2017 Pool – Round 3 Wales vs Ireland Perth Rectangular Stadium
12/11/2017 Pool – Round 3 England vs France Perth Rectangular Stadium

Quarter Finals

17/11/2017 Quarter Final Darwin Stadium
18/11/2017 Quarter Final Christchurch Stadium
18/11/2017 Quarter Final Wellington Regional Stadium
19/11/2017 Quarter Final Melbourne Rectangular Stadium

Semi Finals

24/11/2017 Semi Final Brisbane Stadium
25/11/2017 Semi Final Mt Smart, Auckland

World Cup Final

2/12/017 Final Brisbane Stadium

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