Canada and USA to host 2025 World Cup
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.