The 2021 Rugby League World Cup is set to kick off later this month, delivering over five weeks of blockbuster action to crown the best nation on the planet.
Champions Australia will be out to defend their title, but they face stiff competition from world number one-ranked side New Zealand, 2017 finalists England, and the dark horse duo of Tonga and Samoa among others.
But just where is the RLWC 2021 being held this year? And just what stadiums will be playing host to those crucial crunch clashes?
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Where is the RLWC taking place?
The 2021 Rugby League World Cup is taking place in Englandwith the nation having previously last hosted the tournament in the 2013 edition.
For the first time since 1995 however, it will be solely held in the country rather than with the honour shared with multiple nations. England have hosted the tournament twice since then – in 2000 and 2013.
On the former occasion however, it was a joint affair between England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Francewhile on the latter, it was just officially England and Wales – though Ireland and France both hosted matches again too.
🏴 ━ ━ ━ England fans, this is for you!
Should Shaun Wane’s men successfully qualify from Group A, their route to the final will be:
🏟️ DW Stadium – Quarter-Final
🏟️ Emirates Stadium – Semi-Final
🏟️ Old Trafford – Final
— Rugby League World Cup 2021 (@RLWC2021) October 12, 2022
Venues for the RLWC in 2022
|Bramall Lane||Sheffield||32,702||Group Stage|
|Coventry Building Society Arena||Coventry||32,753||Group Stage|
|Eco-Power Stadium||Doncaster||15,231||Group Stage|
|Halliwell Jones Stadium||Warrington||15,200||Group Stage/Quarter-Final|
|Headingley Stadium||Leeds||21,062||Group Stage|
|John Smith’s Stadium||Huddersfield||24,121||Quarter-Final|
|Kingston Park||Newcastle||10,200||Group Stage|
|Leigh Sports Village||Leigh||12,000||Group Stage|
|MKM Stadium||Hull||25,400||Group Stage/Quarter-Final|
|Riverside Stadium||Middlesbrough||34,742||Group Stage|
|St James’ Park||Newcastle||52,405||Group Stage|
|Totally Wicked Stadium||St Helens||18,000||Group Stage|
|University of Bolton Stadium||Bolton||28,723||Group Stage|