England announce 2021 Rugby League World Cup bid


The Rugby Football League (RFL) has confirmed England will bid to host the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.

England served as host for the most recent World Cup in 2013, which was won by Australia - co-hosts of the 2017 event with New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

Government backing of £15million has been pledged to support England's proposed hosting of the 2021 tournament. A decision will be made by the Rugby League International Federation later this year.

RFL chairman Brian Barwick said: "The Rugby League World Cup 2021 provides an ideal opportunity for the nation to demonstrate again to a global audience its ability to stage a world-class sporting event we all can be proud of.

"It will top off a superb decade of incredible sporting events held in this country that began in 2012 with the London Olympics.

"I am proud to present the English bid, that includes plans to host the Women's and Wheelchair World Cups and one that I think offers rugby league the best opportunity to grow as a sport both in this country and importantly helping the International Federation to grow the game across the globe."

As was the case in 2013, the RFL would utilise a combination of rugby league stadia and other sporting venues, including Wembley and Old Trafford, should its bid prove successful.