Australia kick-off World Cup in Hull
Australia will begin the defence of their title against Fiji in Hull at the 2021 World Cup.
The 2017 champions’ first match will take place on the evening of Saturday, Oct 23, at the KCOM Stadium.
Hosts England open the tournament against Samoa at St James’ Park on the same day, with a 2.30pm kick-off. They will then face France at the University of Bolton Stadium on Oct 30, before taking on debutants Greece at Bramall Lane in their final Group A match on Nov 6.
Scotland’s campaign begins against Italy at Kingston Park, Newcastle,
on Oct 24 – the same day Ireland meet Jamaica at Headingley.
Scotland’s Group B showdown with Australia takes place at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena on Oct 29, and they face Fiji in Newcastle on Nov 6.
Wales face the Cook Islands in Leigh on Oct 27, Tonga on Nov 1 and Papua New Guinea a week later.
Ireland meet 2008 champions New Zealand at Headingley on Nov 5. The final is at Old Trafford on Nov 27.
In the women’s World Cup, England take on Brazil at Headingley on Nov 9. They also face Papua New Guinea and Canada in Group A.