Australia, New Zealand pledge to postpone 2021 Rugby Union World Cup rugby league news


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Australia and New Zealand have signed up for the rescheduled Rugby Union World Cup in 2021, organizers have confirmed.

The tournament, which was due to start on 23 October, was postponed for 12 months following the withdrawal of the Australian Rugby Commission and the New Zealand Rugby League over concerns over player safety amid COVID-19.

The competition will now begin on October 15, 2022, and officials say the two greats are fully committed, with 30 other nations competing in the men’s, women’s and wheelchair events.

Organizers were forced to revise the tournament’s schedule, saying that despite the delay, only five games were affected.

Liverpool FC, which was to host a women’s match and a men’s quarter-final between England and Canada, is no longer available due to the expansion of Anfield Road.

St James's Park to host England-Samoa opener

St James’s Park to host England-Samoa opener

Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena, which was to host the wheelchair final, is also unavailable due to previous commitments, but Liverpool will still provide training grounds for Italy and Tonga.

Wigan’s DW Stadium is believed to have been named to take over as hosts of Anfield fixtures and is expected to be confirmed when the full 61-game schedule is revealed on Friday – the men’s and men’s at Old Trafford. One year after the women’s doubles final is when general admission tickets go on sale.

England will always begin the tournament with a group match against Samoa at St James’s Park, Newcastle.

Organizers also announced the resumption of the Disabled Rugby Union World Cup, to be held in Warrington, with Ireland as the sixth participant.

Australia beat England in 2017 World Cup final

Australia beat England in 2017 World Cup final

World Cup General Manager John Dutton said: “To everyone involved in this pioneering tournament, today is a very important and exciting step on our way to 2022.

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“We had a setback but since that time in August we have devoted all our energy to rebuilding.

“A lot of work has been done behind the scenes and thanks to so many people, we have the opportunity to deliver a bigger and better tournament next fall.”

Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston said: “Rugby league means a lot to many people across the country, so I am delighted that the Rugby Union World Cup is set to start next year.

“The UK has a solid track record of hosting major international sporting events and this will be another great opportunity to showcase our towns and cities and inspire our youth to get involved in sport.

“The government is a strong supporter of rugby league and we look forward to welcoming the best teams in the world in what we expect to be an extraordinary year of sport and culture in 2022.”

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