30 May 2022
Rugby League World Cup 2021 comes to London ahead of Challenge Cup final
Londoners had another taste of Rugby League World Cup 2021 this weekend, with the tournament making a significant presence on one of the biggest days in the Rugby League calendar.
As the Betfred Challenge Cup returned to the capital on Saturday (28th May), RLWC2021 was also on show both inside and outside Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
London will host Rugby League World Cup games in both the Men’s and Wheelchair tournaments, including a semi-final at the nearby Emirates Stadium.
Ahead of the Challenge Cup final, RLWC2021 branding was displayed inside and outside the stadium, as well as featuring on advertising displays at Kings Cross and Euston railway stations.
Outside the stadium, all three Rugby League World Cup trophies were on show, with fans able to get pictures and find out more about this autumn’s tournament, while inside the recently unveiled 'This is Real Impact' campaign film played to spectators ahead of both the 1895 Cup and Challenge Cup finals on the stadium screens.
For television viewers, Sam Tomkins, Emily Rudge and Tom Halliwell - England Men’s, Women’s, and Wheelchair captains - were interviewed about the tournament as part of BBC One's coverage of the final. The BBC will be broadcasting all 61 games of RLWC2021 across their platforms.
The three captains were also invited by the Rugby Football League to be Chief Guests for the showpiece event, which saw Wigan Warriors lift the trophy after a 16-14 victory over Huddersfield Giants.
The Rugby League World Cup 2021 will return to London in November, with the capital hosting games in both the Men’s and Wheelchair competitions.
Six Wheelchair fixtures from Group A will be taking place at the Copper Box Arena, while a Men’s semi-final will take place at the Emirates Stadium, the first time a non-football fixture has been hosted at the 60,000 capacity stadium.
Tickets for all fixtures are now on sale at rlwc2021.com/tickets