USA, Canada to host 2025 RLWC

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The 2025 Rugby League World Cup is now set for North Amer­ica. This came af­ter the rec­om­men­da­tion of the Rugby League In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion (RLIF) board which was en­dorsed by the RLIF Congress, dur­ing its an­nual gen­eral meet­ing in Liver­pool. RLIF chair­man Nigel Wood said the award of the 2025 World Cup to North Amer­ica is a his­toric mo­ment in the global de­vel­op­ment of rugby league. “The USA and Canada pro­vide world class sta­dia al­lied to a sig­nif­i­cant multi-cul­tural pop­u­la­tion which made the bid so per­sua­sive,” Wood said.

“It is ex­cit­ing that our sport is ex­pand­ing into a new des­ti­na­tion for our premier event the world cup and we will work with our mem­bers in the USA and Canada and Moore Sports In­ter­na­tional to ex­pand the pres­ence of our sport in these coun­tries dur­ing the lead in to the 2025 World Cup. The board will now work with Moore Sports In­ter­na­tional to com­plete the due dili­gence and ex­change of con­tracts to com­plete the award.” Dur­ing the RLIF board meet­ings held in par­al­lel with Congress the board re-elected Wood (Eng­land) and John Grant (Aus­tralia) as chair­man and deputy chair­man re­spec­tively for a pe­riod of two years. The board con­firmed that the draw for the 2017 Women’s World Cup will be: Pool A – Aus­tralia, Eng­land, Cook Is­lands Pool B – New Zealand, Pa­pua New Guinea, Canada The pool matches and semi-fi­nals will played in the South­ern Cross Group Sta­dium in Cronulla, New South Wales be­tween Novem­ber 16-26 with the final be­ing played in Bris­bane on De­cem­ber 2. The top two teams from each pool will com­pete in the semi-fi­nals. The RLIF fur­ther an­nounced that to as­sist the max­i­mum num­ber of teams to par­tic­i­pate in the Wheel­chair World Cup this will be held in France. With the de­ter­mi­na­tion of the venue for the 2025 World Cup the Board will now com­plete the in­ter­na­tional cal­en­dar.

RLIF chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, David Col­lier said Rugby Foot­ball League pro­vided the RLIF del­e­gates with an out­stand­ing Congress shar­ing best prac­tice in sport and pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion con­cern­ing the RLIF’s fu­ture global events. “The sig­nif­i­cant ex­pan­sion of Congress de­liv­ered one of the key goals within our strate­gic plan, Global Con­ver­sion, to sup­port Mem­bers and to share best prac­tice. To align this Congress with the final of the four na­tions en­abled del­e­gates to also ex­pe­ri­ence rugby league in one of the world’s most iconic sta­di­ums. “The de­ci­sions aris­ing from our meet­ings in Liver­pool have given fresh im­pe­tus to the global ex­pan­sion of the sport and we look for­ward to an ex­cit­ing year in 2017 with the World Cup less than a year away and tick­ets now on sale for the matches in Aus­tralia, New Zealand and Pa­pua New Guinea.” Edited by Paula Tu­vuki

Photo: RLIF

RLIF Congress mem­bers with Fiji Na­tional Rugby League board mem­ber Zechariah Yadah (kneel­ing left) af­ter the AGM in Liver­pool.

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