Rugby League World Cup

2021 RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP OVERVIEW

Host Nation - England

Number of Teams - 16

2021 World Cup Snapshot - The 2021 Rugby League World Cup will be the 16th instalment of the oldest Rugby World Cup tournament on the planet. 

2021 RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP OVERVIEW

Host Nation - England

Number of Teams - 16

2021 World Cup Snapshot - The 2021 Rugby League World Cup will be the 16th instalment of the oldest Rugby World Cup tournament on the planet. 

In April 2015 the UAE Rugby League announced plans to bid for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup. Their plans went astray when the national UAE sporting body placed a ban on Rugby League in the country. 

In October 2016 it was announced that England would be the 2021 Rugby League World Cup hosts after fending off a strong bid from the USA and Canada.

Sixteen teams will participate in the 2021 Tournament. The participating nations will be split up into four groups of four along the same lines as the 2000 Rugby League World Cup.

2021 Rugby League World Cup Group Format

The format will follow the same lines as the 2000 Rugby League World Cup.

Group One - 4 teams

Group Two - 4 teams

Group Three - 4 teams

Group Four - 4 teams

2021 Rugby League World Cup Finals Format

The finals system used in the 2000 Rugby League World Cup will more then likely be used.

The teams that finish in the top 2 in each group would qualify for the quarter finals. The winner of each quarter final match would then qualify for the semi-finals.

The winner of both semi-finals will play each other a week later in the World Cup Final.

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2021 Rugby League World Cup Venues

The Rugby Football League in conjunction with the 2021 Rugby League World Cup organisers have invited councils across the country to bid for the hosting of matches during the tournament. It is expected that a majority of the games will be held in Rugby League heartlands with some games taken as far south as London. 

2021 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers

On the 9th of May 2018 the Rugby League International Federation released the details of the qualifying process for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup. Eight Nations, who were all quarter finalists in the 2017 tournament, Australia, New Zealand, England, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, and Lebanon have automatically qualified.

The remaining eight places are up for grabs via qualifiers from four regions around the world.  Six nations from Europe and one nation from the Americas. The last place in the World Cup will be determined via a "World Play Off". This will involve the America's Runner up, Asia Pacific highest ranked and Middle East/Africa highest ranked. 

The qualifiers will commence in June 2018 and conclude in November 2019.

RLWC2021 Teams

 

European Qualifiers (6 Nations)

EUROS - October / November 2018

The first two European Nations to qualify for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup will be determined in October / November 2018 via the European Championship. The top two nations will qualify while the bottom two nations will receive a 2nd chance in the European Play Offs. France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales will take part in the EUROS. The actual dates for the European Championship are still to be released.

RLWC2021 EURO Qualifiers

 

European Championship Fixtures / Results (Note: Dates are still to be released)
Round 1
France v Wales
Ireland v Scotland

Round 2
Scotland v Wales
Ireland v France

Round 3
Wales v Ireland
France v Scotland

 

GROUP B QUALIFIERS - October 2018

The top two European Nations in Group B will progress through to the European Play Offs to be held in 2019. The last placed team will bow out of the World Cup qualifiers. Russia, Serbia and Spain have been allocated to Group B.

RLWC2021 Qualifier Group B

European Championship B Fixtures / Results
Spain v Russia, Valencia, 6 October 2018
Russia v Serbia, Moscow, 13 October 2018
Serbia v Spain, Belgrade, 20 October 2018

 

GROUP C QUALIFIERS North and South - June to September 2018

The Group C Qualification will be broken up into North and South. Group C North will see Czech Republic, Germany and Norway take each other on in a round robin. Group C South will see Greece, Malta and Ukraine battle it out. The top finishing Teams in both North and South will then play each other with the winner progressing through to the European Play Offs to be held in 2019. The other teams will bow out of the World Cup qualifiers.

RLWC2021 Qualifier Group C

 

European Championship C - North Fixtures / Results
Czech Republic 20 v Norway 12, Vrchlabi, 16 June 2018
Germany v Czech Republic, OsnabrĂĽck, 25 August
Norway v Germany, Porsgrunn, 15 September 2018

European Championship C - South Fixtures / Results
Malta 22 v Ukraine 34, Marsa, 30 June 2018
Ukraine v Greece, Kharkov, 8 September 2018
Greece v Malta, Athens, 15 September 2018

 

EUROPEAN PLAY OFFS - October / November  2019

Italy will be joined by the bottom two teams from the EUROS. The top two teams from Group B and the winner of Group C will form the other Group. Split into two groups teams will play each other in a round robin. Based on their final table standings the top two teams in each group will progress through to the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.

RLWC2021 European Play Offs

 

Americas Qualifiers - October / November 2018

Four teams Canada, Chile, Jamaica and the United States will take part in the Americas leg of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers. Chile will be the first ever team from South America to take part in a Rugby League World Cup qualifier. The winner of the group will progress through to the 2021 Rugby League World Cup. The runner up will receive a 2nd chance progressing through to the World Play Offs.

 RLWC2021 Americas Qualifiers

World Play Off - October / November 2019

This is the last and final 2021 Rugby League World Cup place up for grabs. The runner up from the Americas, Highest Ranked Team in the Asia Pacific that thus far hasn't qualified and the highest ranked Middle East/African nation will all take part in a round robin tournament with the top placed team progessing through to the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.

RLWC2021 World Play Offs

 

 

 

 

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