9 Jul 2022
RLWC coming to more venues than ever before
Between the tournament kicking off at St James’ Park on 15 October and concluding at Old Trafford on 19 November Rugby League World Cup 2021 will take in some of the country’s most iconic sporting venues, as the tournament crosses the country before three winners are crowned.
St James’ Park, famously the home of Newcastle United and one of the most passionate fanbases in sport, is the ideal venue to kick things off with 50,000 fans expected to create a fantastic atmosphere for the England and Samoa players taking to the pitch. There will be a further four matches to be enjoyed in the north east, with Kingston Park hosting three games, including two of Scotland’s men’s fixtures, while the Riverside Stadium will see Tonga take on the Cook Islands in the men’s tournament.
University of Bolton stadium will host England’s second group game against France before the home favourites head to Bramall Lane for their final match against Greece, which will also showcase Rugby League World Cup 2021’s official charity partner UNICEF.
32 of Rugby League World Cup’s 61 matches will take place in Yorkshire with Headingley the venue for the opening fixture of the women’s competition with England set to take on Brazil in the women’s opener, a match which has already broken the record for the number of ticket’s sold for a women’s rugby league game in the UK.
The city of York will be a central part of the women’s event with the LNER Community Stadium hosting six group games across three double headers and both women’s semi-finals on Monday 14 November.
Fans of Australia and Scotland will descend on the Coventry Building Society Arena to watch Australia’s men take on Scotland while the MKM stadium will host two group matches and one of the men’s quarter finals.
The tournament will of course visit some of the rugby league heartlands of the North West with the homes of St Helens, Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves, Huddersfield Giants and Leigh Centurions all hosting matches throughout the competition.
The Wheelchair competition will be played across three venues with three exciting double headers at The Copper Box Arena in London. The Copper Box was built for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and has played host to a number of high profile events in the intervening years including the 2014 Invictus Games and the 2015 Netball Superleague Grand Final, while the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield will have eight games including both semi-finals.
History will be created on Saturday 12 November when the Emirates hosts one of the men’s semi-finals, the first time the venue has hosted a non-football sporting event, while Elland Road, the home of Leeds United will host the other men’s semi-final the previous evening.
Manchester will be the home of the tournament’s finals with a momentous weekend of rugby league beginning with the wheelchair final at Manchester Central on Friday 18 November. The tournament then heads to Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United and a venue with a rich rugby league history, having hosted the Super League Grand Final since 1998.
The final day of the competition will see the women’s and men’s winners crowned in a historic double header in what is expected to be a sold-out Old Trafford.