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Rugby League World Cup draw announced

19th July 2016, 05:08

Rugby League World Cup draw announced

Wales could enjoy trips to Port Moresby, Townsville, Cairns, Perth and Canberra, all for the first time, if they can qualify for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

Wales could enjoy trips to Port Moresby, Townsville, Cairns, Perth and Canberra, all for the first time, if they can qualify for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

 

The Rugby League World Cup 2017 (RLWC2017) Organising Committee (OC) today announced the Draw for the tournament, which will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand from 27 October – 2 December 2017.

 

Wales still need to overcome a three-time group this autumn to qualify. They take on Serbia in Llanelli on Saturday 15th October before travelling to Monza to face Italy a fortnight later. The winner of this group goes straight through to the finals with the runners up taking on the second place side from Ireland, Spain and Russia in a play-off in Leigh on November 4th. Go to http://www.walesrugbyleague.co.uk/wales/match_tickets to buy tickets for Wales v Serbia.

 

If Wales win this autumn’s group, they will take the place of European Qualifier 1 and will start their campaign in Papua New Guinea on Saturday 28th October 2017 before going on to meet Fiji in Townsville on Sunday 5th November in a fiery double header before finishing their qualifying campaign a week later in Perth on Sunday 12th November when they will take on Ireland, Spain or Russia. The Perth date is another double header which also sees England take on France.

 

If Wales qualify via the play-offs, they will take the place of European Qualifier 3 and will start the tournament in Cairns on Sunday 29th October 2017 taking on Ireland, Spain or Russia in a double header that also sees Scotland take on Tonga. They would then travel to Townsville to take on USA on November 5th in other game of the aforementioned the double header before taking on Fiji in Canberra on Friday 10th November.

 

Wales’ head coach John Kear said: “All the games we could be playing in the World Cup will be very difficult. Papua New Guinea on their own soil will especially be difficult. They’ve beaten Great Britain in the past over there so it’ll be tough. But that’s why you go into World Cups, to test yourself. Fiji also will be difficult as we saw in the last two World Cups and we’ve seen what USA can do as well.”

 

Kear especially welcomed the potential of a double header in Perth which could see Wales take on Ireland before the guaranteed clash of England v France.

 

“I coached both England and France in the past so that would be a very nice event if it happens,” Kear adds. “Perth’s a great city, I was there with Sheffield Eagles almost 20 years ago when we played in the World Club Challenge. It’s very much a Europeanised city and an all European occasion there would be nice.

 

“However our focus now is to qualify and once we’ve done that, we can put our energy and resources into progressing. Our focus now is Llanelli when we take on Serbia on October 15th where we’re spreading the game once again in the South Wales corridor. If we’re successful there, then the game in Monza could be a great experience for everybody. I’m excited by this autumn’s games and should we be successful, which I’m confident we will be, then the World Cup in Australia will be a once in a lifetime experience for players, officials and supporters alike.”

 

Melbourne Rectangular Stadium will host a blockbuster opening match of the RLWC2017, when the home nation – the Kangaroos – begin their campaign under lights against England on Friday 27 October.

 

On Saturday 28 October, the Kiwis first pool match will be played at the home of Rugby League in New Zealand – Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium – when they take on Pacific rivals Samoa.

 

In October 2015, the RLWC2017 OC announced Papua New Guinea (PNG) as a hosting partner of the World Cup, with Port Moresby to host the PNG Kumuls’ three pool matches against two European Qualifiers and the USA.  The first match is scheduled for Saturday 28 October and in a country where Rugby League is the national sport, the passionate fans of PNG are sure to embrace the sport’s pinnacle event.

 

The winner of the RLWC2017 will be decided at Brisbane Stadium on Saturday 2 December, as the two finalists battle it out for the right to hold aloft the Paul Barrière trophy and claim the title of World Cup winners.

 

The RLWC2017 Tournament Draw is family-friendly by intention, with all matches to be played across the weekend including Friday night games.  There will be three double-headers in Cairns, Perth and Townsville, providing additional value for money for fans.

 

When not attending games, fans will experience some of the most iconic sporting destinations in the world. Sports enthusiasts will be able to explore the diversity of the eight host cities across Australia to New Zealand’s compact nature that simplifies travel and makes it easy for visitors to access all venues while experiencing a variety of tourist attractions along the way.  The welcome and hospitality supporters will receive when visiting all three host nations will make the RLWC2017 a bucket list item for sports fans worldwide.

 

Tournament Pools

With 11 teams already confirmed, the final three teams will come from the European Qualifying Tournament to be played in October and November this year.  The teams who are still in the race include Wales, Ireland, Russia, Serbia, Italy and Spain.

 

The pool structure reflects that of the successful 2013 Tournament.  The composition of the pools for RLWC2017 were shaped by a number of considerations, including the final placings from the 2013 World Cup and current world rankings

 

Pool A

Australia

England

France

Lebanon

 

Pool B

New Zealand

Samoa

Scotland

Tonga

 

Pool C

Papua New Guinea

European Qualifier 1

European Qualifier 2

 

Pool D

Fiji

USA

European Qualifier 3

 

Rugby League World Cup 2017 Tournament Draw
*Kick off times to be announced ahead of tournament

 

Date

Match Type

Match-Up

Venue

27/10/2017

Pool – Round 1

Australia vs England

Melbourne Rectangular Stadium

28/10/2017

Pool – Round 1

PNG v Euro Q1

Port Moresby (venue TBA)

28/10/2017

Pool – Round 1

New Zealand vs Samoa

Mt Smart, Auckland

28/10/2017

Pool – Round 1

Fiji vs USA

Townsville Stadium

29/10/2017

Pool – Round 1

Scotland vs Tonga

Barlow Park, Cairns

29/10/2017

Pool – Round 1

Euro Q2 vs Euro Q3

Barlow Park, Cairns

29/10/2017

Pool – Round 1

France vs Lebanon

Canberra Stadium

3/11/2017

Pool – Round 2

Australia vs France

Canberra Stadium

4/11/2017

Pool – Round 2

New Zealand vs Scotland   

Christchurch Stadium

4/11/2017

Pool – Round 2

Samoa vs Tonga

Waikato Stadium, Hamilton

4/11/2017

Pool – Round 2

England vs Lebanon

Sydney Football Stadium

5/11/2017

Pool – Round 2

PNG vs Euro Q2

Port Moresby (venue TBA)

5/11/2017

Pool – Round 2

Euro Q3 vs USA

Townsville Stadium

5/11/2017

Pool – Round 2

Fiji vs Euro Q1

Townsville Stadium

10/11/2017

Pool – Round 3

Fiji vs Euro Q3

Canberra Stadium

11/11/2017

Pool – Round 3

Samoa vs Scotland

Barlow Park, Cairns

11/11/2017

Pool – Round 3

New Zealand vs Tonga

Waikato Stadium, Hamilton

11/11/2017

Pool – Round 3

Australia vs Lebanon

Sydney Football Stadium

12/11/2017

Pool – Round 3

PNG vs USA

Port Moresby (venue TBA)

12/11/2017

Pool – Round 3     

England v France

Perth Rectangular Stadium

12/11/2017

Pool – Round 3     

Euro Q1 vs Euro Q2

Perth Rectangular Stadium

17/11/2017     

Quarter Final

 

Darwin Stadium

18/11/2017

Quarter Final

 

Christchurch Stadium

18/11/2017

Quarter Final

 

Wellington Regional Stadium

19/11/2017

Quarter Final

 

Melbourne Rectangular Stadium

24/11/2017

Semi Final

 

Brisbane Stadium

25/11/2017

Semi Final

 

Mt Smart, Auckland

2/12/017

Final

 

Brisbane Stadium

Rugby League World Cup 2017 Tournament Draw
*Kick off times to be announced ahead of tournament

Date

Match Type

Match-Up

Venue

27/10/2017

Pool – Round 1

Australia vs England

Melbourne Rectangular Stadium

28/10/2017

Pool – Round 1

PNG v Euro Q1

Port Moresby (venue TBA)

28/10/2017

Pool – Round 1

New Zealand vs Samoa

Mt Smart, Auckland

28/10/2017

Pool – Round 1

Fiji vs USA

Townsville Stadium

29/10/2017

Pool – Round 1

Scotland vs Tonga

Barlow Park, Cairns

29/10/2017

Pool – Round 1

Euro Q2 vs Euro Q3

Barlow Park, Cairns

29/10/2017

Pool – Round 1

France vs Lebanon

Canberra Stadium

3/11/2017

Pool – Round 2

Australia vs France

Canberra Stadium

4/11/2017

Pool – Round 2

New Zealand vs Scotland   

Christchurch Stadium

4/11/2017

Pool – Round 2

Samoa vs Tonga

Waikato Stadium, Hamilton

4/11/2017

Pool – Round 2

England vs Lebanon

Sydney Football Stadium

5/11/2017

Pool – Round 2

PNG vs Euro Q2

Port Moresby (venue TBA)

5/11/2017

Pool – Round 2

Euro Q3 vs USA

Townsville Stadium

5/11/2017

Pool – Round 2

Fiji vs Euro Q1

Townsville Stadium

10/11/2017

Pool – Round 3

Fiji vs Euro Q3

Canberra Stadium

11/11/2017

Pool – Round 3

Samoa vs Scotland

Barlow Park, Cairns

11/11/2017

Pool – Round 3

New Zealand vs Tonga

Waikato Stadium, Hamilton

11/11/2017

Pool – Round 3

Australia vs Lebanon

Sydney Football Stadium

12/11/2017

Pool – Round 3

PNG vs USA

Port Moresby (venue TBA)

12/11/2017

Pool – Round 3     

Euro Q1 vs Euro Q2

Perth Rectangular Stadium

17/11/2017     

Quarter Final

 

Darwin Stadium

18/11/2017

Quarter Final

 

Christchurch Stadium

18/11/2017

Quarter Final

 

Wellington Regional Stadium

19/11/2017

Quarter Final

 

Melbourne Rectangular Stadium

24/11/2017

Semi Final

 

Brisbane Stadium

25/11/2017

Semi Final

 

Mt Smart, Auckland

2/12/017

Final

 

 

RLWC2017 Fan packages, including tickets, are on sale now at RLWC2017.com/travel
Tickets will go on general sale on 27 October 2016. Fans should register their interest at RLWC2017.com