Rugby League World Cup 2017

  • 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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  • 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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  • Old Trafford To Host Grand Final Until 2017

    Super League has agreed a new deal with Manchester United to secure Old Trafford as the venue for the Grand Final for a further four seasons until 2017. Nigel Wood, Super League chief executive, said: "The Super League Grand Final is a World class sporting event and I am delighted that we have reached agreement with Manchester United for it to remain in a World class venue. The first Super League Grand Final was played at Old Trafford in 1998 but the stadium has provided the backdrop for so...

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 2017 Women's World Cup Tender Process Opens

    The tender process for the right to host the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup has opened following a record-breaking 2014 tournament in France. The tournament, which was won by England in Paris in August, will move to 2017 to maximise synergy with the Olympic and Rugby World Cup Sevens cycles, allowing the World’s best female players to compete on Rugby’s biggest stages. The event will return to a four-year cycle after 2017. The tender process was ratified by the World Rugby Council at its meet...

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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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  • 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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  • RLWC To Expand To 16 Teams In 2021

    The Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) has revealed that the 2021 World Cup will go back to featuring 16 teams rather than the existing 14-team format. The last time that the Rugby League World Cup featured 20 teams it was generally considered a failure as a host of pool matches were one-sided affairs and the number of participants was cut to just 10 for the tournament in 2008. The number of countries competing was bumped up to 14 last time around in 2013 and, after the tournament was...

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