Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) have today, 26 August, confirmed the dates for the tournament that will now take place between Saturday 15 October – Saturday 19 November 2022.
The Rugby League World Cup is coming to England 12 months later than planned, but bigger, better and bolder than ever before. The sport's best athletes will be on show as the men's, women's and wheelchair tournaments take place simultaneously for the first time ever.
RLWC2021 will see the opening match remain at Newcastle’s St James Park, with the double-header final also staged at its original home in Manchester at Old Trafford.
Jon Dutton, RLWC2021 Chief Executive, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to announce the revised dates today and can now look forward to the biggest and best Rugby League World Cup ever in the autumn of 2022.”
“The continuing conversations with all our supportive hosts and venues have been hugely positive. We are confident that we can deliver a similar tournament schedule, which will be communicated as soon as possible.”
“Obviously, we are disappointed the tournament will not be happening as originally planned but we are determined to make next year a celebration of sport, unity, people, place and civic pride.”
Troy Grant, IRL Chairman said, “The Rugby League World Cup is the international pinnacle of our sport, and I am delighted that the new dates have been agreed meaning we can now push forward towards autumn 2022.”
“Jon Dutton and the entire RLWC2021 team have worked tirelessly following the postponement being announced and I have total confidence that the 2022 incarnation of the tournament will be the best we have ever seen both on and off the field of play.”
We thank you once again for your continued support and patience, and we look forward to the “biggest and best Rugby League World Cup ever”.