Internationals 2021 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers

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Hardyman's Yugo

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RLWC2021 set to be the most inclusive rugby league event ever


  • 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 football 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.

The Emirates Stadium will host a men’s semi-final, making rugby league the only sport other than football to have been played at the home of Arsenal FC. The men’s opening ceremony will take place in Newcastle at St. James’ Park, following four successful seasons as the host of Magic Weekend. Fellow North-East venue, Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium will also host a men’s game and the UK’s City of Culture in 2021, Coventry will feature.

Tournament organisers have met the Government target of hosting at least 80% of the tournament in the Northern Powerhouse; Doncaster, Huddersfield, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York are amongst the Northern towns and cities making up the final list. Leeds will host several fixtures, including a men’s semi-final and two women’s fixtures across Elland Road and Emerald Headingley Stadium. In addition to the Wheelchair final, Liverpool will also host the women’s opening ceremony and a marquee men’s quarter final at Anfield.

York will host multiple games in the women’s World Cup including both semi-finals. With new venues and an increased profile, RLWC2021 will also be the biggest ever tournament for wheelchair rugby league, with London’s Copper Box Arena hosting England’s group at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Elsewhere there will be a heavy presence of core rugby league venues featuring, including St Helens, Warrington, Leigh and Workington, where a new purpose-built stadium will host three men’s games.

Speaking about the announcement, Jon Dutton, Chief Executive of the Rugby League World Cup 2021, said:

“I would like to congratulate all of our chosen hosts who have worked so hard in submitting such compelling bids. Each and every host now has the opportunity to galvanise and inspire their respective communities ahead of the competing nations arriving in England. With all three tournaments running concurrently, RLWC2021 will give the chance for people across the country to engage in a variety of ways and really look forward to October and November 2021. This was an incredibly tough process given the large number of interested parties and the impressive nature of their bids. With so many competitive bids, we’re confident that our chosen hosts will help play a role in delivering the greatest, and most inclusive, Rugby League World Cup of all time.”
Mims Davies, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, added:

"The UK is renowned for putting on some of the biggest and best sporting events in the world and the Rugby League World Cup 2021 will be no exception. This tournament will provide a stage for the world's best players in the men's, women's and wheelchair game to shine in cities and towns across the country. It is an exceptional opportunity to grow the sport. We are investing £25 million to help put on a fantastic event, reach new fans and improve facilities, so the tournament leaves a real legacy.”

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.

https://www.rlwc2021.com/article/119/hosts-announced-for-rugby-league-world-cup-2021
 

Old Sid

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Thanks for the updates, H-Yugo. A bit too much time spent in our own little bubble here in Godsown.
Looks like lessons learned from the last one and some exciting stuff on the cards.
Even Workington gets a new stadium?? The icing on the cake... my home town and League DNA...
 
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Hardyman's Yugo

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Thanks for the updates, H-Yugo. A bit too much time spent in our own little bubble here in Godsown.
Looks like lessons learned from the last one and some exciting stuff on the cards.
Even Workington gets a new stadium?? The icing on the cake... my home town and League DNA...
Can’t wait for the new Workington stadium, there are a visuals online if you google it. On the site of the Borough Park football ground and the adjacent Lonsdale Park dog track. Stadium will be shared with Reds football team. Artificial material bound into the grass surface so it can be used all the time

Super League the target I say (with head in clouds as usual)
 

playdaball

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Good to see CNK names in the Cook Island’s team to play South Africa next week. Kayal Iro is also named but interestingly we (Warriors) also have South African representation. Anybody care to have a guess at which NZW player is playing for SAF?
 
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Sky Waka

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Cook Islands Kukis squad

Coach Tony Iro

Sam Mataora, Eric Newbigging, Troy Dargan, CN-K, Rueben Porter, Eli Noovao, Aaron Teroi, John Puna, Ruebenn Rennie, Vincent Rennie, Moses Noovao-McGreal , Pride Petterson-Robati, Paul Ulberg, Kayal Iro, Brodie Tamarua, Tepai Moeroa, Maranta Niukore, Brad Takairangi, Steven Marsters, Josh Minhinnick.
 

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Good to see CNK names in the Cook Island’s team to play South Africa next week. Kayal Iro is also named but interestingly we (Warriors) also have South African representation. Anybody care to have a guess at which NZW player is playing for SAF?
Got me stuffed :oops: ...if Kayal Iro is anything like his father and uncle he might be worth watching
 

Bushman

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Good to see CNK names in the Cook Island’s team to play South Africa next week. Kayal Iro is also named but interestingly we (Warriors) also have South African representation. Anybody care to have a guess at which NZW player is playing for SAF?
Think I figured out who it is, guess he has a brother or cousin too?
*wont give it away, see what people come up with
 

Sky Waka

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I'm guessing Iro, Tamarua and Noovao will be the 3 left out of the 17 being U/20 players. I know Noovao has played a few QLD Cup games but Minhinnick plays NSW Cup.

I wondered if Steven Marsters was related to Esan, it turns out they're cousins.:)
 

mt.wellington

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2021 World Cup qualifier:

Cook Islands v South Africa
Friday at 7pm at Ringrose Park, Wentworthville

Cook Islands squad
Sam Mataora (Belconnen)
Eric Newbigging (Blacktown)
Troy Dargan (Broncos)
Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (Raiders)
Reuben Porter (Raiders)
Eli Noovao (CQ Capras)
Aaron Teroi (CQ Capras)
John Puna (Easts Tigers)
Reuben Rennie (Mounties)
Vincent Rennie (Mounties)
Moses Noovao-Mcgreal (Norths Devils)
Pride Petterson-Robati (Norths Devils)
Paul Ulberg (Norths Devils)
Kayal Iro (Norths Devils)
Brodie Tamarua (Warriors)
Tepa Moeroai (Warriors)
Marata Niukore (Warriors)
Brad Takairangi (Eels)
Steven Marsters (St George Illawarra)
Josh Minhinnick (Wentworthville)

South Africa Rhinos
Joel Tubbs (Berkley Eagles)
Kamren Cryer (Blacktown Workers)
Ash Bull
Jason Cutler (Carina Tigers)
Louis Musson (Concord Burwood Wolves)
Tomas Harris (Cronulla Sharks)
Damian Diedricks (Elsburg Bears)
Jason King (Emerald Tigers)
Erasmus Van Zyl (Fingal Bay RL)
Bevan De Vries (London Skolars)
Keegan Turner (Manly Warringhah)
Jackson Frei (New Zealand Warriors)
Brendan Frei (Norths Devils)
Edward Proudler
Jean Charl Smith
Will Smith (South Perth Lions)
Mitchell Frei (Souths Logan Magpies)
Seth Buckley (St Clair Comets)
Coby Thomas (Sydney Roosters)
Jean Coetzer
Stephanus Esterhuyse
Robin Howell
Allan Kasselman (Tuks RL)
Shane Gillham (Tweed Head Seagulls)
Byron Hutchinson
Jonathan Soares (Unattached)
Darren O’Donovan (West Scarborough)
Ayden Perry (Western Suburbs Devils)

 

playdaball

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Adam Du Toit Blair?

Ha ha ... Jackson Frei as well as his brothers. Explains why he lives over in Campbell’s Bay in Akld after having moved from Bucklands Beach ... okay that was a joke. Maybe his parents are South Africans? He does have a unique surname.

I just googled him and his dad played 1st class cricket in Aussie l(German born Harry Frei ) and AFL. Jackson is also a handy golfer.
 
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playdaball

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I thought it would have been Isaac du Aardvark Luke hedging his bets
That was Issac Paddy O’Luke
 

mt.wellington

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Big loss for the Cookies but they should still win it...

Canberra Raiders fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad out of Cook Islands squad
Raiders fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad has been ruled out of the Cook Islands clash this Friday night. Picture: NRL Photos

Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad is the newest member of the Canberra Raiders casualty ward with a hamstring strain robbing the Cook Islands of the star fullback.

The Raiders fullback is unlikely to miss any NRL games but the injury will deny the Kukis of his services for a World Cup qualifier against South Africa at Ringrose Park on Friday.

While Josh Papalii and Jack Wighton are bracing for State of Origin II in Perth on Sunday, Nicoll-Klokstad's withdrawal means there will be just one front-line Raider playing an international this week.

 
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