Six Rugby League World Cup 2017 matches will be held in North Queensland Toyota Cowboys country when the tournament is co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand from 27 October - 2 December 2017.

Townsville will be showcased on the world stage for Fiji v USA (Round 1), European Qualifier 3 v USA (Round 2) and Fiji v European Qualifier 1 (Round 2).

Cairns will deliver Scotland vs Tonga (Round 1), European Qualifier 2 v European Qualifier 3 (Round 1) and Samoa v Scotland (Round 2).

The Rugby League World Cup 2017 (RLWC2017) organising committee today announced the tournament draw, which will feature a blockbuster Kangaroos v England opening match in Melbourne and the final in Brisbane, as the two finalists battle it out for the Paul Barrière trophy and the title of World Cup winners.

RLWC2017 Chief Executive Officer Michael Brown said a deliberate decision had been made to take the Rugby League World Cup to more fans than any World Cup has done before.

“The tournament draw demonstrates how far and wide we are taking matches, from established rugby league communities, to those new and emerging fan bases in all three countries.

“Over the course of the pool stages we have looked to position matches in strong rugby league communities and where large populations of ex-pats, Pacifica and Indigenous fans live, to give those who love the sport and their national teams the chance to see some World Cup action.

“The decision to take matches to places like Darwin, Perth, Christchurch and Port Moresby were made with the future of the game in mind. They are matches we believe will give profile to the sport in markets that have already shown an appetite for rugby league.

“Rugby league is truly a game for everyone. We hope the Rugby League World Cup 2017 leaves a legacy for the game that sees it continue to grow and dominate the sporting landscape.”

POOLS 

Pool A: Australia, England, France, Lebanon
Pool B: New Zealand, Samoa, Scotland, Tonga
Pool C: Papua New Guinea, European Qualifier 1*, European Qualifier 2*
Pool D: Fiji, USA, European Qualifier 3*

*Final three teams will come from the European Qualifying Tournament (Oct-Nov 2016) – in the running: Wales, Ireland, Russia, Serbia, Italy and Spain.

DRAW – RLWC2017.com/draw

Date

Match type

Game

Location

27/10/2017

Pool – Round 1

Australia vs England

Melbourne 

28/10/2017

Pool – Round 1

PNG v Euro Q1

Port Moresby 

28/10/2017

Pool – Round 1

New Zealand vs Samoa

Mt Smart, Auckland

28/10/2017

Pool – Round 1

Fiji vs USA

Townsville 

29/10/2017

Pool – Round 1

Scotland vs Tonga

Cairns

29/10/2017

Pool – Round 1

Euro Q2 vs Euro Q3

Cairns

29/10/2017

Pool – Round 1

France vs Lebanon

Canberra 

3/11/2017

Pool – Round 2

Australia vs France

Canberra 

4/11/2017

Pool – Round 2

New Zealand vs Scotland   

Christchurch 

4/11/2017

Pool – Round 2

Samoa vs Tonga

Hamilton

4/11/2017

Pool – Round 2

England vs Lebanon

Sydney 

5/11/2017

Pool – Round 2

PNG vs Euro Q2

Port Moresby 

5/11/2017

Pool – Round 2

Euro Q3 vs USA

Townsville 

5/11/2017

Pool – Round 2

Fiji vs Euro Q1

Townsville 

10/11/2017

Pool – Round 3

Fiji vs Euro Q3

Canberra 

11/11/2017

Pool – Round 3

Samoa vs Scotland

Cairns

11/11/2017

Pool – Round 3

New Zealand vs Tonga

Hamilton

11/11/2017

Pool – Round 3

Australia vs Lebanon

Sydney 

12/11/2017

Pool – Round 3

PNG vs USA

Port Moresby

12/11/2017

Pool – Round 3     

Euro Q1 vs Euro Q2

Perth 

17/11/2017     

Quarter Final

 

Darwin 

18/11/2017

Quarter Final

 

Christchurch 

18/11/2017

Quarter Final

 

Wellington 

19/11/2017

Quarter Final

 

Melbourne 

24/11/2017

Semi Final

 

Brisbane 

25/11/2017

Semi Final

 

Mt Smart, Auckland

2/12/2017

Final

 

Brisbane 

TICKETS

• RLWC2017 fan packages (with tickets) – on sale now: RLWC2017.com/travel
• Tickets on general sale 27 October 2016 – register your interest: RLWC2017.com