The Rugby League World Cup is the pinnacle event in international rugby league. Like no other form of the game, players compete with the pride of their nation at the heart of every performance.
In 2022, more teams than ever will compete for the Rugby League World Cup, with four groups of four nations competing in stadia across England.
All quarter-finalists from the preceding World Cup (RLWC2017) have automatically qualified to compete. The remaining eight nations were decided by a qualification process based on global regions determined by International Rugby League.
New rivalries will form, old ones will play out with vigour. Pre-game Hakas, Sipi Taus and hymns will set the stage for clashes of epic proportions.
The Rugby League World Cup is one of the longest running World Cup tournaments in world sport. The Rugby League World Cup was first raised by the Fédération Française de Rugby à XIII (FFRXIII) in the 1930’s, however it took until 1953 till the rest of the then International Rugby League Board (IRLB) to accept the proposal.
Taking place in 1954, the World Cup celebrated the 20th anniversary of France as a Rugby League nation, and featured four nations, Australia, New Zealand, France and Great Britain.
France and Great Britain qualified for the tournament final after both going through the group stages undefeated, with the Dave Valentine leading the British Lions and emerging 16 – 12 victors in front of over 30,000 fans at Parc des Princes in Paris.
Groups and Standings
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