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Rugby League World Cup 2021: New dates for the postponed tournament confirmed!

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The postponed RLWC2021 will begin on October 15 and end on November 19 next year; the opening game will still be held at Newcastle’s St James’ Park, with the men’s and women’s finals being held as a double-header at Old Trafford.

The postponed Rugby League World Cup will begin on October 15 and end on November 19, according to the organisers.

Following the decision of incumbent champions Australia and 2008 winners New Zealand not to travel to England this year because to worries about the Covid-19 outbreak, the event was postponed until 2022.

The World Cup will now take place between the end of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and the start of the football World Cup in Qatar, as a result of the changed dates.

“I am delighted that we have been able to announce the revised dates today and can now look forward to the biggest and best Rugby League World Cup ever in the autumn of 2022,” tournament chief executive Jon Dutton said.

“The continuing conversations with all our supportive hosts and venues have been hugely positive. We are confident that we can deliver a similar tournament schedule, which will be communicated as soon as possible.

“Obviously, we are disappointed the tournament will not be happening as originally planned but we are determined to make next year a celebration of sport, unity, people, place and civic pride.”

The men’s tournament will kick off at St James’ Park in Newcastle, with the women’s and men’s finals taking place at Old Trafford.

Although organisers had previously maintained that the order of matches would continue as originally scheduled, they are now working with nations, venues, and host towns and communities to finalise a revised calendar for the men’s, women’s, and wheelchair tournaments.

“The Rugby League World Cup is the international pinnacle of our sport, and I am delighted that the new dates have been agreed meaning we can now push forward towards autumn 2022,” IRL chairman Troy Grant said.

“Jon Dutton and the entire RLWC2021 team have worked tirelessly following the postponement being announced and I have total confidence that the 2022 incarnation of the tournament will be the best we have ever seen both on and off the field of play.”

Fans who have already purchased tickets for the tournament will have them automatically switched to the same event next year, albeit a three-week window for refunds is now available on the RLWC2021 official website for those who desire to do so.

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