Canada and USA to host 2025 World Cup

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

LON­DON: The 2025 Rugby League World Cup will take place in North Amer­ica af­ter the Rugby League In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion (RLIF) en­dorsed the pro­posal yes­ter­day. RLIF di­rec­tors backed the United States and Canada to stage the tour­na­ment’s 17th edi­tion, af­ter they were over­looked in favour of Eng­land for the 2021 com­pe­ti­tion. It will be the first time the tour­na­ment is staged out­side Europe or Aus­trala­sia. “The award of the 2025 World Cup to North Amer­ica is a his­toric mo­ment in the global de­vel­op­ment of rugby league,” said RLIF chair­man Nigel Wood af­ter the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s an­nual meet­ing in Liver­pool. “The USA and Canada pro­vide world-class sta­dia al­lied to a sig­nif­i­cant multi-cul­tural pop­u­la­tion, which made the bid so per­sua­sive.” The Toronto Wolf­pack, Canada’s first pro­fes­sional team, are due to com­pete in the third tier of English rugby league next year, re­flect­ing the sport’s grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity in North Amer­ica. Aus­tralia won the last World Cup in 2013, hosted by Eng­land and Wales. The 2017 tour­na­ment will take place in Aus­tralia, New Zealand and Pa­pua New Guinea.

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