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SEEMA JASWAL AND DAVE WOODS TO HOST RLWC2021 DRAWS

Draw takes place on 16 January at Buckingham Palace

13 Jan 2020

SEEMA JASWAL AND DAVE WOODS TO HOST RLWC2021 DRAWS

Draw takes place on 16 January at Buckingham Palace

The Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) can today announce established broadcasters Seema Jaswal and Dave Woods as hosts of the RLWC2021 draws, taking place on 16 January.

The draws, which will be held at Buckingham Palace, will be conducted by esteemed guests HRH, The Duke of Sussex, Dame Katherine Grainger DBE and Jason Robinson OBE. The three tournament draws will see sixteen men’s, eight women’s and eight wheelchair nations drawn into their respective groups.

Seema Jaswal is an experienced sports anchor, television presenter and all-round sports fanatic. Seema is no stranger to major sporting events, presenting global broadcast events such as the Premier League, the 2019 Cricket World Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup, working across leading broadcasters including the BBC, ITV C4 and Amazon to name a few.

Dave Woods is one of the country’s leading sports reporters and an important figure in rugby league as the sport’s BBC correspondent. Having previously commentated on Challenge Cup Finals, as well as acting as anchor for the Super League Show, Woods is no stranger to being involved in prestigious moments in the rugby league calendar. 

The tournament is the pinnacle event for rugby league and RLWC2021 will be a landmark event for the sport with the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments set to be held simultaneously for the first time. The draw will determine the group each nation will play in, as well as revealing the opening fixtures for each tournament, which will include the host nation England.

RLWC2021 will be held in word-class venues across the country, including St James’ Park, Newcastle, the Emirates Stadium, London, the Copper Box Arena in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, Anfield, Liverpool, culminating with a double-header men’s and women’s final at Old Trafford, Manchester. 

The draw event will be streamed live across RLWC2021 and The Royal Family’s Twitter and Facebook channels and will be attended by representatives from all 21 nations taking part across each tournament.

On the appointment of Jaswal and Woods as hosts of the draw, Chief Executive of RLWC2021, Jon Dutton, commented: 

“Seema and Dave have been important figures in UK and international sport over many years and their experience, quality and enthusiasm makes them the perfect hosts for our draws.

The anticipation is really starting to build, and it is great to see fans from all over the world getting excited about RLWC2021. The draw is the next big moment for the tournament, and we are all looking forward to seeing what match ups we have in store.”

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