Rugby League World Cup 2021

October 23 - November 27, 2021

The next Rugby League World Cup is scheduled for 2021 in England 

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

  • Rugby World Cup Edition: 16th
  • Host Nation: England
  • Dates: October 23 – November 27, 2021
  • Number of Teams: 16
  • Scheduled Matches to Play: 31

Rugby League World Cup Draw

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

2021 Rugby League World Cup Teams

Team (Region) Qualification Method Previous Apperances Previous Best Result World Ranking
Jamaica (Americas) Americas Winner 0 Debut 20
Australia (Asia-Pacific) Automatic 15 Champions (1957, 1968, 1970, 1975, 1977, 1985-88, 1989-92, 1995, 2000, 2013, 2017) 2
Cook Islands (Asia-Pacific) Repechage Play-Off 2 Group Stages (2000, 2013) 23
Fiji (Asia-Pacific) Automatic 5 Semi-finals (2008, 2013, 2017) 5
Tonga (Asia-Pacific) Automatic 5 Semi-finals (2017) 4
New Zealand (Asia-Pacific) Automatic 15 Champions (2008) 1
Papua New Guinea (Asia-Pacific) Automatic 7 Quarter-finals (2000, 2017) 6
Samoa (Asia-Pacific) Automatic 5 Quarter-finals (2000, 2013, 2017) 7
England (Europe) Hosts 6 Runners-Up (1975, 1995, 2017) 3
France (Europe) European Winners 15 Runners-Up (1954, 1968) 8
Wales (Europe) European Runners-Up 5 Semi-finals (1995, 2000) 14
Scotland (Europe) Europe Play-Off 1 4 Quarter-finals (2013) 9
Ireland (Europe) Europe Play-Off 2 4 Quarter-finals (2000, 2008) 12
Greece (Europe) Europe Play-Off 3 0 Debut 11
Italy (Europe) Europe Play-Off 4 2 Group Stages (2013, 2017) 13
Lebanon (Middle-East Africa) Automatic 2 Quarter-finals (2017) 10

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 2021 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 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 TBD TBD TBD
2025 TBD TBD TBD