The route 14 nations will take to compete in the 17th Rugby League World Cup, to be held in Australia and New Zealand in October and November 2017, has been revealed.
Seven nations, who were all quarter finalists in the 2013 tournament – Australia, New Zealand, England, Fiji, France, Samoa and Scotland have all received an automatic place.
The Rugby League International Federation today announced that Australia and New Zealand were the successful bidders to host the 2017 RLIF World Cup. The joint bid was one of two bids, with South Africa being the other nation bidding for the honors to host this prestigious event.
Steeden South Africa today announced that it will be supporting the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Bid wholeheartedly. Jaque van der Merwe was quite clear in his support of the Bid, and made a commitment to SARL for the next five years to supply the National Teams with kit. Linked to the agreement is a comprehensive licensing and merchandising agreement which will see Steeden SA be the official licensee of all 2017 World Cup Merchandise if South Africa becomes successful in it’s bid to host the World Cup.
The 14th Rugby League World Cup starts in Cardiff, Wales, this weekend when England takes on Australia and Wales faces Italy in a double header at Millennium Stadium. From there the 14 nations will compete through the First Rounds Stages to finally face off in Wembley Stadium for the semi-finals and the final at Old Trafford in Manchester.
The Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) announced details today of the next stage of the bidding process for Rugby League World Cup 2017.
Following a request for expressions of interest in hosting the 2017 tournament, these were received from South Africa along with a joint approach from Australia and New Zealand. Both were approved and formal bids are now expected from both.
By Richard Cowley, Date: 29/10/12
In what is big news for international rugby league the ARLC have included the international game in their 5 year strategic plan. The finer details are yet to be released but the International game could finally see some support from the most powerful rugby league body in the World.