The draw for the 2016 European Qualifiers for RLWC2017 will take place in Paris today, (Wed. 4th November) at 6.00pm (CET). The draw, which is seeded, will create two pools of three nations:
No 1 seeds – Ireland, Wales
No 2 seeds – Serbia, Russia
No 3 seeds – Italy, Spain
One seed will be placed in each group.
Once the two pools are created the positions within each will be allocated – Team A, Team B and Team C – which will give the order of play for the fixtures, with each nation having one home fixture.
The games will be played as follows:
15-16 October 2016 – A v B
22-23 October 2016 – B v C
29-30 October 2016 – C v A
The group winners will qualify automatically and the third nation from Europe, making up the 14th in all in the World Cup, will be determined after a play off.
4 November 2016 – 2nd Pool A v 2nd Pool B at Leigh Sports Village, England.
– RLWC2017 will be held in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea