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England to host RLWC2021 - North America recommended for RLWC2025

The Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) is delighted to announce that England has been awarded the rights to stage the 2021 Rugby League Men’s and Women’s World Cups.

Following an exhaustive process, which included strong competition from other nations, the non-conflicted Directors of the RLIF Board met on 18 October to review presentations from the two shortlisted bidders, England and the Moore Sports International (MSI) USA/Canada Bid.

Bids were assessed against seven criteria provided in the bid documentation.

England scored heavily in respect of its supporter base and UK government support, both in terms of the £25 million government support of the event and its legacy, as well as in areas such as visas, security, international development and promotion of the event.

The MSI USA/Canada Bid scored impressively in many areas, including but not limited to, the support of the RLIF strategy to extend the global reach of Rugby League as well as in marketing, commercial support and innovation. The Board, acknowledging the strength of the MSI USA/Canada bid, made the decision to recommend to Congress in November the award of the 2025 Rugby League World Cup together with, subject to further evaluation, an Inter-nations tournament to MSI USA/Canada to be played between the 2021 and 2025 World Cups.

Ultimately, England edged out the MSI USA/Canada Bid for the 2021 RLWC, primarily based on the current Rugby League participation numbers in North America.

RLIF Chief Executive David Collier, commented: “The RLIF congratulates both England and MSI USA/Canada on outstanding bids.

With specific reference to the England Bid, which is built upon achieving a spectator attendance in excess of one million and the delivery of a £10 million capital legacy programme, this will be of massive benefit to our sport. England staged an outstanding World Cup in 2013 and have clearly outlined their vision for the 2021 World Cup as a World Class event eclipsing the attendances, reach and legacy of 2013. The bid details that the Rugby League World Cup will be the highlight of the international sporting calendar in England that year and RLIF looks forward to a great tournament.

The MSI USA/Canada Bid provided the RLIF with an unprecedented opportunity to take Rugby League’s pinnacle Event, the World Cup, to the commercially lucrative and passionate sports audience of North America. As outlined in the Bid presentation, significant opportunities with regards to Rugby League development at both the elite level and even more extensively at the junior levels of the game, gave MSI USA/Canada’s Bid extremely compelling qualities.The bid process was highly competitive and the Board was very impressed by the MSI USA/Canada bid which was of the highest quality. The RLIF sees a great future for the sport in North America and has recommended that discussions with MSI are expedited to bring professional Rugby League to North America as well as future international tournaments. Those discussions are being progressed with MSI USA/Canada and a report will be presented to Congress which will be held on 19 November this year.”

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What a stupid decision. Grow the game you morons
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2025 - Australia
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Be cool to see the World Cup in North America, as long as they had a commitment to increase RL at the grass roots level.
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Can't see it being feasible to hold it North America unless they do a helluva lot of work on the local competition and grassroots, on top of the existing professional comps being able to penetrate the TV market over there.

RLIF would be shooting themselves in the foot hard otherwise.
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They were talking about staging it in NFL venues. I'd go.
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Details revealed for 2021 World Cup

Jon Dutton, RLWC2021 CEO, says 39 towns and cities across England had expressed interest in hosting matches during the 2021 World Cup – a tournament that has received GBP25 million in government funding.

Many other key details have already been decided, including:

• the number of competing nations will increase from 14 to 16;

• the tournament will run concurrently with eight-team Women's and Wheelchair World Cups;

• games would be spread across the week and not just played on weekends as they were at RLWC2017;

• the maximum number of venues permitted by the Rugby League International Federation to stage matches will increase from 12 at RLWC2017 to 14 in 2021, and;

• 80 per cent of matches would be played in the code's northern heartland, with Hull, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester almost certain to be among the host cities.

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Give someone else a go ****

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-TW- wrote:Give someone else a go ****

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USA/Canada is 2025. Though, I agree it should’ve been 2021


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Notaroboticfish wrote:
-TW- wrote:Give someone else a go ****

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USA needs more time to develop the game. No way people are going to attend games in 2021 to watch their home country get flogged.
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Toviii wrote:
Notaroboticfish wrote:
-TW- wrote:Give someone else a go ****

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USA needs more time to develop the game. No way people are going to attend games in 2021 to watch their home country get flogged.
Agreed and the RLIF still needs to develop and earn more revenue. That's why they went this way.

However after RLWC2017 they need more games for all nations. Especially in the Pacific between Tonga, PNG, Samoa and NZ.

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More countries to play in 2021 Rugby League World Cup

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Hosts England will open the 2021 Rugby League World Cup and will be seeded alongside titleholder Australia, New Zealand and Tonga.

Details of the draw have been unveiled following a four-day congress of the Rugby League International Federation in York.

The Rugby League World Cup has been increased from 14 to 16 teams, making for a simpler format, with the top two teams from each of the four pools going through to the quarterfinals.

Read more: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport ... eb59d0f606

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Eleven teams have now qualified for #RLWC2021:

Australia
England
Tonga
Fiji
New Zealand
Papua New Guinea
Samoa
Lebanon
France
Wales
Jamaica

The European play off at the end of 2019 will deliver four more countries:

Ireland
Scotland
Italy
Russia
Spain
Winner of Norway V Greece

The World play off at the end of 2019 will see one more qualify:

USA
South Africa
Cook Islands
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Venues announced for Rugby League World Cup 2021

* Old Trafford to host the men’s and women’s Rugby League World Cup finals with the M&S Bank Arena Liverpool staging the wheelchair final.

*The Emirates Stadium will host a men’s semi-final – the first sport other than soccer to be played at the stadium

* St James’ Park to host men’s opening ceremony. Anfield will play host to the women’s equivalent

Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) has today announced the chosen host towns, cities and venues for the tournaments taking place in England in two years’ time.

Set to be the most inclusive rugby league event ever, RLWC2021 will see the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments played concurrently for the first time. Another UK first will see the women’s and men’s finals take place as a double-header at Old Trafford, and further west, Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena Liverpool will host the wheelchair final.

Full list of game venues/hosts across men’s, women’s and wheelchair fixtures:

NORTH-WEST

Bolton – The University of Bolton Stadium will host two men’s games, including an England group game and quarter-final.
Liverpool – Anfield will host the marquee quarter-final tie along with the women’s opening ceremony and initial England game. M&S Bank Arena Liverpool will host the wheelchair Rugby League final.
Preston – First training base to be revealed.
St Helens – The Totally Wicked Stadium will host three men’s group games.
Trafford – Old Trafford will host both the men’s and women’s finals as a double-header event.
Warrington – The Halliwell Jones Stadium will host three men’s group games.
Wigan and Leigh – Leigh Sports Village will host three men’s group games

WEST MIDLANDS

Coventry – The Ricoh Arena will host one men’s game.

YORKSHIRE

Doncaster – Club Doncaster will host three men’s group games.
Kirklees – The John Smiths Stadium will host a men’s quarter-final.
Hull – The KCOM Stadium will host two men’s games, including a quarter-final.
Leeds – Hosting more games than any other city, Elland Road will host a men’s semi-final and Emerald Headingley Stadium will host three men’s games and two women’s games.
Sheffield – Bramall Lane will host an England men’s group game. The EIS Sheffield will host a group and both semi-finals in the wheelchair tournament.
York – The Community Stadium will host a women’s group game and both women’s semi-finals.

NORTH-EAST

Middlesbrough – The Riverside Stadium will host a significant men’s group game.
Newcastle – St James’ Park will host the opening England men’s group game including the men’s opening ceremony

WEST CUMBRIA

Allerdale – The Workington Community Stadium will host three men’s group games.

LONDON

London – The Emirates Stadium will host a men’s semi-final. The Copper Box Arena will host the England group in the wheelchair tournament.

The draw for the RLWC2021 will take place on 27th November 2019.

Read more: https://www.rlwc2021.com/article/119/ho ... d-cup-2021
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Kangaroos and Jillaroos set to be based at Leeds play at iconic English stadiums in #RLWC2021

The Kangaroos and Jillaroos are set to be based in Leeds for the 2021 World Cup and could play at some of England's most iconic football stadiums after venues for the 16-nation tournament were announced.

Manchester United's Old Trafford, Arsenal's Emirates Stadium, Leeds United's home ground, Elland Road, Liverpool's Anfield, Newcastle's St James Park and Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium are among 21 venues that will host men's, women's and wheelchair World Cup games.

Read more: https://www.nrl.com/news/2019/01/30/kan ... world-cup/
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USA and Cook Islands announce squads for RLWC2021 qualification game

The USA Hawks and Cook Islands Kukis have announced their squads for the qualification game to decide the 16th and final place at Rugby League World Cup 2021. The game will be held in Jacksonville, Florida on November 16th.

Meanwhile, Greece put in a magnificent display against Scotland last weekend before finally losing out in the final quarter. That result secures Scotland’s place at RLWC2021 where they will be joined by Italy who secured their place by consigning Spain to their second consecutive defeat. A result that also guarantees qualification for Ireland.

Greece will now travel to Belgrade on Saturday to face Serbia. They will arrive as favourites, but Serbia could still qualify if they win by a large enough margin.

USA 25-MAN SQUAD

Nick Newlin (Atlanta Rhinos) Brandon Anderson, Connor Donehue, Alex Foster, Kevin Reed Jr, Jamil Robinson, Tim Stubbs (Brooklyn Kings), Sonny Pettybourne (Burleigh Bears), Edward Pettybourne (Central Queensland Capras), Elijah Ieriko (Cronulla Sharks), Mark Offerdahl (Goondiwindi Boars), Bureta Faraimo (Hull FC), Rory Humphreys (Ipswich Jets), Charlie Jones, Khalial Harris (Jacksonville Axemen), Joe Eichner (Northern Pride), Ryan Burroughs (NOVA Eagles), Andrew Kneisly (Philadelphia Fight), Matt Shipway (Port Macquarie Sharks), Corey Makelim (Sheffield Eagles), Jerome Veve (South Logan Magpies), Justin Branca (Tampa Mayhem), Danny Howard (Wentworthville Magpies), Kristian Freed (West’s Mitchelton), Matt Walsh (White Plains Wombats)

COOK ISLANDS 19-MAN SQUAD

Sam Mataora (Belconnen), Alex Glenn (Brisbane), Tevin Arona (Canterbury), Aaron Teroi (Central Queensland Capras) Reuben Rennie, Vincent Rennie (Mounties), Uiti Baker, Kayal Iro (Newcastle), Moses McGreal, Paul Ulberg (Norths Devils), Narata Niukore, Brad Takairangi (Parramatta), Dominic Peyroux (St Helens), Troy Dargan, Steven Marsters (South Sydney), Adam Tangata (Wakefield), Anthony Gelling (Warrington), Journe Pua, Brodie Tamarua (Warriors)

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Greece make first World Cup after thumping Serbia

Greece have created history in fine style by thumping Serbia in Belgrade to advance to their first World Cup.

The Greeks qualified for the 2021 tournament in England with an 82-6 rout over the Serbs following their recent 42-24 loss to Scotland.

Meanwhile Japan Samurai 74 defeated Phillipines Tamaraws 4 to win their first ever Asian Cup on Saturday.

Read more: https://www.nrl.com/news/2019/11/10/mod ... ng-serbia/
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Cook Islands secure final World Cup berth with win over USA

Cook Islands survived the second-half sin-binning of St Helens forward Dominique Peyroux to storm home against the United States and claimed the 16th and final spot at the 2021 Rugby League World Cup. The Kukis ran out 38-16 winners. The Cook Islands, Jamaica and Greece have all qualified for 2021, after not participating in 2017.

Read more: https://www.nrl.com/news/2019/11/17/coo ... -over-usa/

$10,000 and the risk of arrest: The cost of Greece's World Cup berth: https://www.nrl.com/news/2019/11/17/$10 ... cup-berth/
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If you watch just one of those videos... watch the one about Scotland and Greece.

I loved the passion in all of those videos. Made me proud, made me choke up.
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Prince Harry to conduct World Cup draw at Buckingham Palace

World Cup organisers have secured a coup, announcing that Prince Harry will host the draw for the 2021 tournament at Buckingham Palace on January 16.

On the same day that he and wife Meghan revealed plans to "step back as 'senior' members of the Royal family", the Duke of Sussex was named to perfom the draw at the iconic venue.

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World Cup draw live on the RLWC2021 Facebook page, amongst other places from 11pm Canberra time tonight: https://www.facebook.com/rugbyleagueworldcup/

Also here: https://www.rlwc2021.com/
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New brand identity revealed for RLWC 2021



With 500 days to go until the opening fixture of the Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) at St James’ Park in Newcastle, we have today revealed a new brand identity, celebrating the Power of Together, with the goal of connecting the tournament with a universal audience.

The refreshed RLWC2021 brand symbol – the Cup - is a natural progression from the previous tournament identity. The new Cup is built from red, orange and yellow ribbons representing the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments respectively. The ribbons embody each of the three individual tournaments coming together into one. The ribbons are symbols of connection and triumph.

Read more: https://www.rlwc2021.com/article/225/ne ... -milestone

Team training bases for RLWC 2021 revealed



With 500 days to go until the opening fixture of the Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) at St James’ Park in Newcastle, the today we have revealed the locations of the team bases for all competing nations across the men’s, women’s, and wheelchair tournaments.

The squads from the 21 unique nations and 32 teams will be based in different locations across the country. The hosts, England will be based in three locations, with the men’s team in Manchester, the women’s team in Leeds and the wheelchair team in the country’s capital, London. The men’s holders Australia will join England in Manchester, while the women’s champions, also Australia, will be based in York. France, the wheelchair RLWC holders, will be based in Sheffield.

The full list of host towns and cities, and the corresponding nations is as follows:

• Bolton – France (Men’s)
• Doncaster – Samoa (Men’s)
• Hull – Fiji (Men’s)
• Leeds – Jamaica, Ireland (Men’s) | England, Papua New Guinea, Brazil, Canada (Women’s)
• Liverpool and St Helens – Tonga, Italy (Men’s teams)
• London – England, Australia, Norway, Spain (Wheelchair)
• Manchester and Trafford – England, Australia (Men’s)
• Newcastle – Scotland (Men’s)
• Preston – Wales (Men’s)
• Sheffield – Greece (Men’s) | France, Wales, Scotland, USA (Wheelchair)
• Tees Valley – Cook Islands (Men’s)
• Warrington – Papua New Guinea (Men’s)
• Wigan/Leigh – Lebanon (Men’s)
• York – New Zealand (Men’s) | Australia, New Zealand, France, Cook Islands (Women’s)

Read more: https://www.rlwc2021.com/article/226/te ... -countdown
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Men's 2021 Rugby League World Cup

All times GMT (UK local time)

Saturday 23 October
England v Samoa (Group A), 2:30pm, St James' Park Newcastle
Australia v Fiji (Group B), 7:30pm, KCOM Stadium Hull

Sunday 24 October
Scotland v Italy (Group B), 2:30pm, Kingston Park Newcastle
Jamaica v Ireland (Group C), 5pm, Emerald Headingley Stadium Leeds
New Zealand v Lebanon (Group C), 7:30pm, Halliwell Jones Stadium Warrington

Monday 25 October
France v Greece (Group A), 2:30pm, Keepmoat Stadium Doncaster

Tuesday 26 October
Tonga v Papua New Guinea (Group D), 7:30pm, Totally Wicked Stadium St Helens

Wednesday 27 October
Wales v Cook Islands (Group D), 7:30pm, Leigh Sports Village Leigh

Friday 29 October
Australia v Scotland (Group B), 7:30pm, Ricoh Arena Coventry

Saturday 30 October
Fiji v Italy (Group B), 2:30pm, Kingston Park Newcastle
England v France (Group A), 5pm, University of Bolton Stadium Bolton
New Zealand v Jamaica (Group C), 7:30pm, Emerald Headingley Stadium Leeds

Sunday 31 October
Lebanon v Ireland (Group C), 2:30pm, Leigh Sports Village Leigh
Samoa v Greece (Group A), 5pm, Keepmoat Stadium Doncaster

Monday 1 November
Tonga v Wales (Group D), 7:30pm. Totally Wicked Stadium St Helens

Tuesday 2 November
Papua New Guinea v Cook Island (Group D), 7:30pm, Halliwell Jones Stadium Warrington

Friday 5 November
New Zealand v Ireland (Group C), 7:30pm, Emerald Headingley Stadium Leeds

Saturday 6 November
England v Greece (Group A), 2:30pm, Bramall Lane Sheffield
Fiji v Scotland (Group B), 5pm, Kingston Park Newcastle
Australia v Italy (Group B), 7:30pm, Totally Wicked Stadium St Helens

Sunday 7 November
Lebanon v Jamaica (Group C), 12pm, Leigh Sports Village Leigh
Tonga v Cook Islands (Group D), 2:30pm, Riverside Stadium Middlesbrough
Samoa v France (Group A), 5pm, Halliwell Jones Stadium Warrington

Monday 8 November
Papua New Guinea v Wales (Group D), 7:30pm, Keepmoat Stadium Doncaster

Quarter Finals
Friday 12 November
Group B (1st) v Group C (2nd), 7:30pm, John Smith's Stadium Huddersfield

Saturday 13 November
Group A (1st) v Group D (2nd), 2:30pm, Anfield Liverpool
Group C (1st) v Group B (2nd), 7:30pm, KCOM Stadium Hull

Sunday 14 November
Group D (1st) v Group A (2nd), 2:30pm, University of Bolton Stadium Bolton

Semi Finals
Friday 19 November
First Semi Final, 7:45pm, Elland Road Leeds

Saturday 20 November
Second Semi Final, 2:30pm, Emirates Stadium London

Final
Saturday 27 November
Semi Final 1 (Winner) v Semi Final 2 (Winner), 5pm, Old Trafford Manchester

Women's 2021 Rugby League World Cup
All times GMT (UK local time)

Tuesday 9 November
England v Brazil (Group A), 2:30pm, Emerald Headingley Stadium Leeds
Papua New Guinea v Canada (Group A), 5pm, Emerald Headingley Stadium Leeds

Wednesday 10 November
New Zealand v France (Group B), 5pm, LNER Community Stadium York
Australia v Cook Islands (Group B), 7:30pm, LNER Community Stadium York

Saturday 13 November
England v Canada (Group A), 12pm, Anfield Liverpool
Papua New Guinea v Brazil (Group A), 5pm, KCOM Stadium Hull

Sunday 14 November
New Zealand v Cook Islands (Group B), 5pm, LNER Community Stadium York
Australia v France (Group B), 7:30pm, LNER Community Stadium York

Wednesday 17 November
Canada v Brazil (Group A), 5pm, Emerald Headingley Stadium Leeds
England v Papua New Guinea (Group A), 7:30pm, Emerald Headingley Stadium Leeds

Thursday 18 November
France v Cook Islands (Group B), 5pm, LNER Community Stadium York
Australia v New Zealand (Group B), 7:30pm, LNER Community Stadium York

Semi Finals
Monday 22 November
Group B (1st) v Group A (2nd), 5pm, LNER Community Stadium York
Group A (1st) v Group B (2nd), 7:30pm, LNER Community Stadium York

Final
Saturday 27 November
Semi Final 1 (Winner) v Semi Final 2 (Winner), 2:15pm. Old Trafford Manchester

Wheelchair 2021 Rugby League World Cup
All times GMT (UK local time)

Thursday 11 November
Spain v Norway (Group A), 5pm, Copper Box Arena London
England v Australia (Group A), 7:30pm, Cooper Box Arena London

Friday 12 November
France v Wales (Group B), 11am, EIS Sheffield
Scotland v USA (Group B), 1:30pm, EIS Sheffield

Sunday 14 November
England v Spain (Group A), 12pm, Copper Box Arena London
Australia v Norway (Group A), 2:30pm, Copper Box Arena London

Monday 15 November
France v Scotland (Group B), 5pm, EIS Sheffield
Wales v USA (Group B), 7:30pm, EIS Sheffield

Wednesday 17 November
Australia v Spain (Group A), 11am, Copper Box Arena London
England v Norway (Group A), 1:30pm, Copper Box Arena London

Thursday 18 November
France v USA (Group B), 11am, EIS Sheffield
Wales v Scotland (Group B), 1:30pm, EIS Sheffield

Semi Finals
Sunday 21 November
Group B (1st) v Group A (2nd), 12pm, EIS Sheffield
Group A (1st) v Group B (2nd), 2:30pm, EIS Sheffield

Final
Friday 26 November
Semi Final 1 (Winner) v Semi Final 2 (Winner), 7:30pm, M&S Bank Arena Liverpool
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Seriously, though, can you believe, no World Cup games at Wigan? WTAF? Probably the most famous name in English RL world-wide? It's not even as if we didn't have a big enough stadium; we do.

Of course, many here complain it's the 'Yorkshire Mafia' running the show! :lol:
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moto748 wrote:Seriously, though, can you believe, no World Cup games at Wigan? WTAF? Probably the most famous name in English RL world-wide? It's not even as if we didn't have a big enough stadium; we do.

Of course, many here complain it's the 'Yorkshire Mafia' running the show! :lol:
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Dusty wrote: October 15, 2020, 6:12 pm
moto748 wrote:Seriously, though, can you believe, no World Cup games at Wigan? WTAF? Probably the most famous name in English RL world-wide? It's not even as if we didn't have a big enough stadium; we do.

Of course, many here complain it's the 'Yorkshire Mafia' running the show! :lol:
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Officials confident 2021 World Cup will proceed despite UK lockdown

World Cup organisers remain optimistic the 2021 tournament will proceed despite the United Kingdom preparing for a four-week lockdown to combat a second wave of COVID-19. Tournament organisers have done financial modelling for a socially distanced World Cup with attendances capped at 25 per cent, 50 per cent or 75 per cent ground capacity, as well as for full stadiums and believe it remains viable under each scenario.

"We are 12 months away from the tournament and remain confident that RLWC2021 will take place as planned next year."

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Semi Valemei named in Fiji squad for Rugby League World Cup 2021

The Fiji National Rugby League yesterday named a 47-member squad in preparation for 2021 Rugby League World Cup. And 14 local players are vying for a spot in the 16th RLWC which will be held in England on October 23-November 27.

The final squad is expected to be in Fiji in October and will march into camp, a week before World Cup kicks off.

Extended Squad: Kevin Naiqama, Taane Milne, Semi Valemei, Tyronne Phillip’s, Lovodua Joe, Brayden Wiliame,Akuila Uate, Maika Sivo, Issac Lumelume, Kane Evan’s, Apisai Koroisau, Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Jason Bukuya, Tariq Sims, Corbin Sims, D’Rhys Miller, Daniel Saifiti, Jacob Saifiti, Marcelo Montoya, Mikaela Ravalawa, Sitiveni Moceidreke, Viliame Kikau, Pioneer Sokobalavu, Tui Kamikamica, Be Nakubuwai, Brendon Wakham, Isaac Lumelume, Pio Seci, Penioni Tagituimua, Ratu Timoci Namotokula, Apakuki Tavodi, Waisake Vesikula, Tikiko Noke, Ratu Luke Nadurutalo, Maika Tudravu, Joseph Ratu Vakacereivalu, Waqa Blake, Apimeleki Lutu, Lar Liolavave, King Vuniyayawa, Ropate Tobe, Rusiate Ratu, Maika Serulevu, Meli Nabura, Josaia Rabouliku

Read more: https://fijisun.com.fj/2020/12/23/14-lo ... ati-squad/

https://www.fbcnews.com.fj/sports/rugby ... uad-named/

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/ ... cup-squad/
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Given they named 47 players, good to see he made the cut!

More seriously, sad to see Semi’s home island extensively damaged in the cyclone.
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COVID vaccine roll-out key to 2021 World Cup

A decision on the World Cup is set to be made in late March but organisers remain hopeful it will be one of the first major events in England this year to be played before capacity crowds.

"We have got three scenarios. We have a gold scenario, which is running the tournament in the way we had hoped. The silver standard is still to run the tournament from October 23 but under social distancing. The bronze standard is to postpone the tournament and move it back 12 months," RLWC2021 CEO Jon Dutton said.

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John Bateman tips Canberra Raiders hooker Josh Hodgson to become England's World Cup captain

Wigan Warriors’ John Bateman is tipping Hull-born hooker Josh Hodgson to captain England this year.


“I've played under some good captains in my time but, for me, the last two years I played over there with Josh Hodgson, he's one of the best,” Bateman said. “You'd look at someone like Hodgy to lead the country forward for me because of the way he goes about his business on and off the field.He knows when to say the right things at the right time and the lads really get behind him.”

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Canberra Raiders star Josh Hodgson gets Catalans Dragons coach's backing to lead England at World Cup

Catalans Dragons boss Steve McNamara is not about to start telling Shaun Wane what team to pick or who should captain England – but has identified Canberra Raiders star Josh Hodgson as a potential leader.

“I’ve been away from the England set-up for a few years now, but looking from the outside in I think Josh Hodgson has been a tremendous leader for Canberra.

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