Government back 2021 World Cup bid

RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood has welcomed the Government’s support of the UK’s bid for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.

Chancellor Geroge Osbourne pledged his support to the RFL’s bid at yesterday’s Budget meeting.

The last Rugby League World Cup to be staged in the UK was in 2013. The latest tournament will take place in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea next year.

“We are pleased that the Chancellor has once again confirmed that the Government will support a bid to bring the 2021 Rugby League World Cup to the UK,” said Wood.

“We look forward to understanding in more detail how the Government will support a bid and will work closely with the Treasury, DCMS and UK Sport in the coming months to try and ensure that any bid we do prepare has the best chance of success.”


In other news, the RFL have confirmed that dates and venues for the Four Nations will be confirmed next month. Fans have been calling for an announcement since last year’s Test series victory over New Zealand, but nothing has yet to be revealed.