2017 Rugby League World Cup in New Zealand

  • RLWC 2017 Dates Revealed Before Next Week's Draw

    Next year’s Rugby League World Cup in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea is likely to start on October 27th and finish on December 2nd when the official draw is made next week it has been revealed. The draw for the 2017 tournament will be made simultaneously at events in Brisbane and Auckland next Tuesday, July 19. The World Cup organisers' chief executive Michael Brown and chairman George Peponis will be joined by coaches Mal Meninga (Australia), Stephen Kearney (New Zealand) and Mic...

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  • NZ Head Appointed For RL World Cup

    Experienced major events professional Andrea Nelson has been appointed as New Zealand operations general manager for the Rugby League World Cup 2017 (RLWC2017). Nelson joins the RLWC2017 local organising committee, having previously held the role of marketing and communications director for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, delivering promotions and fan activations across New Zealand. “This is an exciting opportunity for me to work on another major global event and help showcase all that New Zealand ha...

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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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  • Gillette Join Lions Tour

    Gillette has been confirmed as an official sponsor for the British & Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand. Gillette will be bringing the partnership to life in all major retailers across the UK with consumer competitions, offering the chance to join the 2017 Tour in New Zealand, as well as experience the action back at home. British & Irish Lions chief operating officer, Charlie McEwen, said, "We are very proud to have Gillette as an official sponsor for the 2017 Tour to New Zealand. We...

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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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  • NZRL's Hayton Resigns

    ... through.” During his tenure as CEO, NZRL secured regular home Tests against Australia that start this year, New NRL funding for the NZRL’s Talent Development Programme, and an increased profile in the women’s game. Securing the hosting rights for 2017 Rugby League World Cup in New Zealand was definitely “a career highlight”, said Hayton, “with the passion and emotion at the games creating some of the best sporting experiences in New Zealand.” While unable to comment on the upcomin...

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  • Spencer Appointed 2017 Lions Tour Manager

    Former England captain John Spencer has been appointed tour manager for the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand in 2017. The 66-year-old won 14 England caps between 1969 and 1971 and toured New Zealand with the Lions in 1971. He succeeds Andy Irvine, who oversaw the winning tour to Australia in the summer of 2013. Spencer becomes the third English tour manager of the Lions in Rugby's professional era, following in the footsteps of countrymen Fran Cotton (1997) and Bill Beaumont (2005). T...

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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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  • Australia/NZ Beat South Africa To Become RLWC2017 Hosts

    The next Rugby League World Cup in 2017 will be hosted by Australia and New Zealand after the Rugby League International Federation chose their joint bid over the only other proposal from South Africa. The Rugby League heartlands Down Under were always favourites to be awarded the event over the ambitious bid from South Africa, which has no real heritage in the sport, but RLIF vice-chair Nigel Wood insists that it “was not a simple decision” and that the bid from the Rainbow Nation was a ver...

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  • Mud House Sponsors Lions Tour

    Mud House Wines has signed up as the latest sponsor of the British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand in 2017 and is planning to activate a £2m support campaign in the UK. Mud House, which has grown to become the fifth largest New Zealand wine in the UK, is owned by the UK’s largest wine supplier Accolade Wines and CEO Paul Schaafsma is delighted to be supporting the next Lions tour. “The British Lions is the biggest Rugby game in the World, and Mud House and the Lions down in New Zealan...

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