Rugby League World Cup 2021: Manchester hosts all three finals in revised schedule

Australian players celebrate with the trophy after winning the 2017 Men's Rugby League World Cup
Australia beat England in Brisbane to win the 2017 World Cup for men

Manchester will host all three finals of the reshuffled Rugby League World Cup – where Old Trafford will host the men’s and women’s finals.

Both finals take place back-to-back on 19 November 2022, with the wheelchair final being held a day earlier at the Manchester Central Convention Center.

The five-week tournament in England, which was to start last month, was postponed for a year after Australia and New Zealand withdrew due to “safety concerns” related to Covid-19.

It is now happening between October 15 and November 19 next year.

Old Trafford was already scheduled to host the men’s and women’s finals, but the wheelchair final was originally set to take place at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool – which is not available to settle the rematch.

It is one of five matches that have moved venues as a result of the year-long postponement.

In the men’s tournament, the match between the owners Australia and Fiji on the opening day will now take place in Headingley, Leeds, as a result of a clash with another event in Hull.

In return, MKM Stadium, Hull, will host New Zealand against Jamaica in Group C on October 22 – a match scheduled to be played in Leeds.

Anfield, which was to host a women’s match between England and Canada and a men’s quarter-final, is no longer available due to expansion work at Liverpool FC’s stadium.

These matches will now be held at Wigan’s DW Stadium on 5 November.

England will still open the tournament with a group match against Samoa at St James’ Park, Newcastle, on 15 October, while Headingley will open the women’s competition on 1 November.

A double-header at Copper Box, London, kicks off the wheelchair event on November 3rd.

All 61 games will be shown live on BBC channels.

A total of 32 teams across 21 competing nations will take part in the men’s, women’s and wheelchair events.

RLWC2021 chief executive Jon Dutton said: “We have reached our goal of providing minimal disruption to the existing 61 matches and I would like to write my thanks to all those who have made it possible.

“Every host city and town that joined us on this journey remains involved and they will set the stage for the very best that the sport has to offer. There are compelling world-class matches across all three tournaments at some of the most iconic venues in all of England. “

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