Football Stadiums Dominate RLWC2021 Venues List

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29 January 2019

Football stadiums dominate the venue choices for Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) after announcements on Tuesday (29th) named Manchester United’s Old Trafford as the final venue for men’s and women’s tournaments and Arsenal’s Emirates hosting one men’s semi-final. The opening ceremony will kick off the tournament at St James’ Park, Newcastle.

Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium, Coventry’s Ricoh Arena, Liverpool’s Anfield and Elland Road, Leeds will also 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.

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. There was disappointment in Wigan however when no mention was made of one of England's iconic RL communities amongst the roster.  

Speaking about the announcement, Jon Dutton, chief executive of the RLWC 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

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