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RLIF reveals World Cup 2021 bidding process

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A thorough process to assess and select the hosts for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup has been revealed by the Rugby League International Federation Board (RLIF). Starting later this month, the RLIF Board will meet to agree the competition format, structure and qualifying process, with expressions of interest sought by the first quarter of 2015. Invitations to tender will ... Read More »

World Cup qualification process revealed

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The Rugby League International Federation has announced the qualification process for the 2017 World Cup, which will be held in Australia and New Zealand in October and November 2017. Seven nations, who were all quarter finalists in the 2013 tournament – Australia, New Zealand, England, Fiji, France, Samoa and Scotland – have all received an automatic place. The remaining seven nations ... Read More »

Official Rugby League World Cup review revealed

Australia lifting the 2013 World Cup. ©RLphotos

The true success of RLWC2013 was discovered today after the official tournament review was revealed to the media. Speaking at the launch, tournament director Nigel Wood said: “We believe that the success factors identified before the opening game of Rugby League World Cup 2013 were comprehensively delivered against. “From the opening games beneath the closed roof of Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium ... Read More »

Put Sally in charge of Super League

Sally Bolton. ©Manchester Evening News

This article first appeared in Martyn Sadler’s ‘Talking Rugby League’ column in this week’s edition of Rugby League Express On Monday 31 March the RFL will reveal to the media the results of their review of the World Cup, which was masterminded by the World Cup general manager Sally Bolton. Sally will present the documentation, and I’m sure it will ... Read More »

Australia and New Zealand win World Cup bid

Australia lifting the 2013 World Cup. ©RLphotos

Australia and New Zealand will co-host the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, it was announced today. The Rugby League International Federation wasted no time in assessing the two bids on the table, one of which was from South Africa, to allow maximum planning time. RLIF vice-chairman Nigel Wood said: “This was not a simple decision but with fans of international ... Read More »

2017 Rugby League World Cup announcement due

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The Rugby League International Federation has confirmed that the host of the next Rugby League World Cup tournament, to be held in 2017, will be announced on Wednesday February 19. Two bids to host the tournament were put forward: one from South Africa and a joint bid from Australia and New Zealand. The announcement will be made on the RLIF ... Read More »

Kevin Sinfield wants to carry on playing for England

Kevin Sinfield in action for England at the RLWC2013. ©RLphotos

Kevin Sinfield says England’s heart-breaking World Cup exit has not forced him into international retirement. The 33-year-old Leeds Rhinos captain charged out to stop New Zealand’s Shaun Johnson in the dying seconds of their Wembley semi-final but let the halfback through to score the decisive points that sent England packing. No blame was assigned to Sinfield but he refused to ... Read More »

Brough and Cudjoe hit the ground running

Huddersfield Giants skipper Danny Brough and centre Leroy Cudjoe have made a quick start to pre-season, after joining back up with the rest of the squad last week. Both players played major roles in the World Cup, for Scotland and England respectively. Brough was instrumental in leading the Bravehearts to the quarter-final with New Zealand, whilst Cudjoe played in every ... Read More »

Readers’ poll: The best players, coaches and teams of 2013

Wigan won team of the year. ©RLphotos

SUPER LEAGUE Player of the year Danny Brough 52.5% Sam Tomkins 19% Jamie Peacock 15% Stefan Ratchford 7.5% Danny Kirmond 6% Young Player of the year Liam Sutcliffe 22% Adam Swift 21% Ben Currie 21% Jamie Shaul 20% Theo Fages 16% Mature Player of the year Jamie Peacock 50.5% Mickey Higham 31.5% Francis Meli 8% Jon Clarke 5% Ali Lauititi ... Read More »

The stories that made Rugby League headlines in 2013


Paul Sculthorpe is awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List. Leeds and England captain Kevin Sinfield wins the League Express Readers’ Poll as the Player of the Year for 2012. The arrival of Marwan Koukash in January as the new owner and saviour of Salford City Reds. The RFL launched its new ‘Extraordinary Rugby’ marketing campaign in January. ... Read More »