Rugby League World Cup 2021 (Postponed to 2022)

October 15 - November 19, 2022

The next Rugby League World Cup takes place in England from October 15 to November 19, 2022 having been postponed from 2021

A key feature on the representative Rugby League schedule, the Rugby League World Cup is an international footy tournament contested by 14 Rugby League teams from around the globe.

2021 Rugby League World Cup (Postponed To 2022)

  • Rugby World Cup Edition: 16th
  • Host Nation: England
  • Dates: October 15 – November 19, 2022 (Postponed from 2021)
  • Number of Teams: 16
  • Scheduled Matches to Play: 31

Rugby League World Cup Draw

Seeded Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3
 England (A)
 Australia (B)
 New Zealand (C)
 Tonga (D)
 Fiji
 Lebanon
 Papua New Guinea
 Samoa
 France
 Jamaica
 Scotland
 Wales
 Cook Islands
 Greece
 Ireland
 Italy

2021 Rugby League World Cup Qualified Teams

Region Team Qualification
method
Previous
apps
Previous best result World
ranking
Americas  Jamaica Americas winner 0 Debut 20
Asia-Pacific  Australia Automatic 15 Champions (11 times) 2
 Cook Islands Repechage play-off 2 Group stages (2000, 2013) 23
 Fiji Automatic 5 Semi-finals (2008, 2013, 2017) 5
 Tonga Automatic 5 Semi-finals (2017) 4
 New Zealand Automatic 15 Champions (2008) 1
 Papua New Guinea Automatic 7 Quarter-finals (2000, 2017) 6
 Samoa Automatic 5 Quarter-finals (2000, 2013, 2017) 7
Europe  England[a] Hosts 6 Runners-up (1975, 1995, 2017) 3
 France European winners 15 Runners-up (1954, 1968) 8
 Wales[a] European runners-up 5 Semi-finals (1995, 2000) 14
 Scotland[a] Europe play-off 1 4 Quarter-finals (2013) 9
 Ireland[a] Europe play-off 2 4 Quarter-finals (2000, 2008) 12
 Greece Europe play-off 3 0 Debut 11
 Italy Europe play-off 4 2 Group stages (2013, 2017) 13
Middle East-Africa  Lebanon Automatic 2 Quarter-finals (2017) 10

*Table courtesy of Wikipedia

Including the 2017 Rugby League World Cup there have been 15 tournaments since 1954 and Australia have dominated the results with 11 title wins, most recently in 2013 and 2017.

The only other winning nations to win the Rugby League World Cup competition are Great Britain (3) and New Zealand (1).

Rugby League World Cup Winners & Odds - Ladbrokes.com.au

Australia are the most successful team in the Rugby League World Cup competition. Photo Credit: ABC.

Betting on the Rugby League World Cup is a popular spring – summer option for footy fans missing the regular NRL season action that finishes up with the NRL Grand Final in early October.

The previous Rugby League World Tournaments took place in the years: 1954, 1957, 1960, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1985-1988, 1995, 2000, 2008, 2013 and 2017.

The upcoming Rugby League World Cup dates are set for 2022 (postponed 2021 edition) and 2025.

The only teams to have played in all Rugby League World Cups to date are Australia, France and New Zealand.

In 1995 the Rugby League World Cup format was expanded and follows a similar system to other World Cup sporting competitions including the Football World Cup and Rugby Union World Cup.

Rugby League World Cup Finals

The final Rugby League World Cup tournament system has been in place since 2013 with the 14 teams divided into four groups. The Rugby League World Cup Final Tournament follows the qualifying stage of the competition, with the hose team the only one assured of a spot in the finals.

The first stage of the finals is the group stage and from that a total of eight teams make it through to the knockout Rugby League World Cup knockout quarter finals.

The four quarter-final winners face off in the Rugby League World Cup semi-finals to earn a spot in the World Cup Final.

Rugby League World Cup Host Nations

Year Host/s
1954 France
1957 Australia
1960 United Kingdom
1968 Australia / New Zealand
1970 United Kingdom
1972 France
1975 International
1977 Australia / New Zealand
1985-88 International
1989-92 International
1995 Untied Kingdom
2000 United Kingdom / Ireland / France
2008 Australia
2013 United Kingdom / Ireland / France
2017 Australia / New Zealand / PNG
2021 (Postponed to 2022) England
2025 Canada / United States

Past Rugby League World Cup Winners

Year Winner Score Runner-Up
1954 Great Britain 16-12 France
1957 Australia Table Leader Great Britain
1960 Great Britain Table Leader Australia
1968 Australia 20-2 France
1970 Australia 12-7 Great Britain
1972 Great Britain 10-10 Australia
1975 Australia 25-0 England
1977 Australia 13-12 Great Britain
1985-88 Australia 25-12 New Zealand
1989-92 Australia 10-6 Great Britain
1995 Australia 16-8 England
2000 Australia 40-12 New Zealand
2008 New Zealand 34-20 Australia
2013 Australia 34-2 New Zealand
2017 Australia 6-0 England
2021 (Postponed to 2022) TBD TBD TBD
2025 TBD TBD TBD