Rugby League World Cup 2021 has today announced the chosen host towns, cities and venues for the tournaments taking place in England in two years’ time. (Photo: rlwc2021.com).
RLWC2021 will see the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments played concurrently for the first time. Another UK first will see the women’s and men’s finals take place as a double-header at Old Trafford, and further west, Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena Liverpool will host the wheelchair final.
The Emirates Stadium will host a men’s semi-final, making rugby league the only sport other than football to have been played at the home of Arsenal FC. The men’s opening ceremony will take place in Newcastle at St. James’ Park, following four successful seasons as the host of Magic Weekend. Fellow North-East venue, Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium will also host a men’s game and the UK’s City of Culture in 2021, Coventry will feature.
- Newcastle – St James’ Park (52,405 capacity)
- Sheffield – Bramall Lane (32,702) & English Institute of Sport
- Doncaster – Keepmoat Stadium (15,231)
- Hull – KCOM Stadium (25,586)
- York – York Community Stadium (8,005)
- Huddersfield – John Smith’s Stadium (24,500)
- Leeds – Elland Road (37,890) & Headingley Stadium (21,062)
- Liverpool – Anfield (54,074) & M&S Bank Arena (11,000)
- Manchester – Old Trafford (74,994)
- Preston – First training base to be revealed
- St. Helens – Totally Wicked Stadium (18,000)
- Warrington – Halliwell Jones Stadium (15,200)
- Leigh & Wigan – Leigh Sports Village (12,000)
- Bolton – University of Bolton Stadium (28,723)
- London – Emirates Stadium (60,260) & Copper Box Arena (7,500)
- Middlesbrough – Riverside Stadium (34,742)
- Workington – Workington Community Stadium (under construction)
- Coventry – Ricoh Arena (32,609)