2017 RLWC

  • RLWC 2017 Dates Revealed Before Next Week's Draw

    ... David Mead at the Australia launch at Suncorp Stadium. England will be one of 14 nations set to play 28 games over the five weeks. See also... RFL Launches 2021 RLWC Bid RLWC to Expand to 16 Teams in 2021 NZ Head Appointed For RLWC 2017 PNG To Co-Host 2017 RLWC Australia/NZ Beat South Africa to Become RLWC Hosts 2017  ...

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  • RLWC 2017 Boss Brown Resigns After Bullying Allegations

    The chief executive officer of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, Michael Brown has resigned after it was revealed he left an angry voicemail for Penrith Panthers chief Corey Payne. Payne had written a public letter asking why Penrith hadn’t been awarded a game for the 2017 tournament and, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, Brown called and “verbally abused and threatened the Penrith boss”. NRL executives were then made aware of the voicemail, concerned about it given their anti-bullyin...

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  • €200k FFR XIII Shortfall Threatens RLWC Participation

    Marc Palanques, the new president of Fédération Française de Rugby à XIII, has disclosed a €200k (£170k) deficit in the governing body’s accounts for last year (ending June 30th 2016) that threatens French participation in the 2017 RLWC. Palanques announced last week that he’d been aware of shortfalls for some time, but had not been able to formally announce them until formal auditing had been completed and announced at their financial conggress last week. The public accounting firm...

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  • Hill Takes The Helm Of RLWC 2017

    Andrew Hill, has been appointed chief executive officer of the Rugby League World Cup 2017 (RLWC2017) organising committee following the recent resignation of Michael Brown. Hill has agreed to terms with the NRL that will allow him to stand aside from his position as general manager league integration and game development. "We are delighted Andrew has accepted the role of chief executive officer for the Rugby League World Cup 2017," RLWC 2017 Chairman, Dr George Peponis said. "Andrew has a great...

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  • RLWC 2017 Qualification Details Revealed

    The qualification details for the next Rugby League World Cup (RLWC) in Australia and New Zealand in 2017 have been revealed, with seven countries receiving an automatic place. 14 teams in all will take part in the tournament with current champions Australia, New Zealand, England, Fiji, France, Samoa and Scotland, all quarter finalists in the 2013 tournament, receiving an automatic spot. The remaining seven nations will be selected from across four regions; three from Europe, two via Asia Pacifi...

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  • Value Is Priority For RLWC Tickets

    Rugby League World Cup 2017 (RLWC2017) has announced its fan-friendly ticket pricing for next year's tournament to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand (with Papua New Guinea hosting three pool games) from 27 October to 2 December. Starting from A$10 (£6.20) for kids and concessions, A$20 (£12.40) for adults and A$45 (£27.90) for a family of four. The ticket pricing reflects the RLWC2017 organising committee’s vision of having next year’s tournament sell out. Tickets go on sale in tw...

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  • World Cup Organisers Set Out Plan For England 2021

    The organisers of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England have pledged to make it the biggest and best yet, and will feature 16 teams for the first time. With three months still to go ahead of the 2017 edition in Australia, New Zealand and PNG, the Rugby Football League has given itself the longest ever lead-in time to develop the World Cup tournament. "We're getting in early, meeting the decision-makers of this region, the decision-makers of Leeds and Yorkshire and the decision-makers of Lon...

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  • Focus Shifts To RLWC2021 Before 2017 Is Fully Assessed

    The quantitative evidence for the success of RLWC 2017 is still to be processed and reported. Early figures show that just over 372,000 attended the 28 games compared to 458,463 in 2013 in England, 19% fewer. Five games were sell-outs. 2.7m watched the final in Australia while an average of 1.5m (peaking at 2m) watched the BBC’s live coverage of the game on Saturday morning. Current estimates show a cumulative global TV audience across the whole tournament of more than 7 million. The northern...

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  • PNG To Co-Host 2017 RLWC

    Australian media have reported that Papua New Guinea is to help stage the 2017 Rugby League World Cup after being awarded co-hosting rights along with Australia and New Zealand. In a first for the rugby league-mad nation, PNG will host three pool matches in Port Moresby after the country's government poured $1.4 billion into establishing state-of-the-art facilities, including three brand new stadiums and several hotels. "Our aim is to make this Rugby League World Cup the most accessible and fan-...

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  • Brown Named RLWC 2017 CEO

    One of Australia's leading sporting administrators, Michael Brown, has been appointed CEO of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. His job will be to help plan and deliver a successful World Cup, which will be hosted jointly by Australia and New Zealand, and he has more than 20 years experience in the sporting sector to draw from, most recently as CEO of the Asian Football Confederation's 2015 Asian Cup Australia. That event, which involved 32 games in 23 days, attracted more than 650,000 fans –...

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