Rugby League World Cup 2021: what have organisers said about fixtures, how to buy tickets and how much they cost

With 100 days to go until the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, organisers have announced the plans after fears the tournament being held in England may be cancelled

Nations will do battle to get their hands on the Rugby League World Cup trophy when the tournament takes place in England later this year.
Nations will do battle to get their hands on the Rugby League World Cup trophy when the tournament takes place in England later this year.

Organisers of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup have confirmed the tournament will go ahead as planned – and tickets go back on general sale today.

The event had been in some doubt due to the surge in Covid-19 cases and resistance from Australia’s NRL clubs amid concerns over travel and quarantine restrictions caused by the pandemic.

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Tournament chief executive Jon Dutton told an online news conference: “We are delighted to be able to provide clarity and certainty to fans, players, partners, media and those that have supported our journey over the past few years.

“We recognise there are still many challenges ahead but we will work relentlessly and will take the most extraordinary measures with the support of all involved to stage the tournament in 100 days’ time.”

The tournament will kick off on October 23 when England face Samoa at Newcastle’s St James’ Park, the first of 61 matches across the men’s, women’s and wheelchair competitions which will all be shown live by the BBC.

How to buy 2021 Rugby League World Cup tickets

General sale re-opens this morning from 10:00 (BST).

You eed to go the Rugby League World Cup ticket portal here and registerTickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, we recommend purchasing early to avoid disappointment.

How much do Rugby World Cup 2021 tickets cost?

Organisers want the 2021 Rugby League World Cup to be “inclusive, accessible and affordable” for the masses, demonstrated by bringing three tournaments together for the first time.

Ticket prices start at £2.21 for concessions and £10 for adults. More than 80 per cent of tickets are priced below £50 and a family of four can attend a match during half-term for just £35.

As well as Newcastle, games will take place in Hull, Bolton, Coventry, Doncaster, Kirklees, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Preston, Sheffield, St Helens, Tees Valley, Trafford, Warrington, Wigan and Leigh and York.