2021 (2021) Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup  ()
Number of teams8
Host country England
Matches played15
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The 2021 Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup will be held in England in November 2021. It will be the first occasion on which the wheelchair rugby league competition has taken place concurrently with the men's and women's tournaments.[1] The competition will also be the first time that participants in the wheelchair tournament will receive the same participation fees as players in the other competitions and the first time that prize money will be awarded.[2]

Qualifying nations

England, as hosts, and France, as holders of the world cup were given automatic entry to the competition. Other nations were invited to submit entries and six were chosen against a range of criteria including current international and domestic infrastructure and plans for growth. The six nations selected to join England and France in the tournament are Australia, Norway, Scotland, Spain, USA and Wales.[1]

Draw

The teams were drawn into two groups of four. The two seeded teams were England (Group A) and France (Group B). The draw was made at Buckingham Palace on 16 January 2020. Teams from pool 1 were drawn by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, pool 2 was drawn by Katherine Grainger and pool 3 by Jason Robinson.[3]

Group A

Group A comprises England (seeded), Australia (pool 1), Spain (pool 2) and Norway (pool 3).[3]

Group B

Group A comprises France (seeded), Wales (pool1), Scotland (pool 2) and USA (pool 3).[3]

Venues

The tournament will be played at three venues, the Copper Box Arena in London will be used for the Group A games, the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield will host the Group B games as well as both semi-finals, and the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool will host the final.[4]

Location Stadium Image Capacity Matches to be hosted
London Copper Box Arena
7,481 Group A games
Sheffield English Institute of Sport
Group B games, both semi-finals
Liverpool M&S Bank Arena
11,000 Final

Officials

The match officials for the tournament were announced on 25 May 2021. The managers of the squad are Alana Sargent {Wales) and Steve Abel (England). The eight officials are:[5]

Fixtures

The fixtures were announced on 21 July 2020.[6] All the games in the tournament will be played as double headers.[7]

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 Australia Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stages
2 England England 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Norway Norway 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Spain Spain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 11 November 2021. Source:[citation needed]

Round 1

11 November 2021
17:00 GMT (UTC±00:00)
Norway Norway v Spain Spain
11 November 2021
19:30 GMT (UTC±00:00)
England England v Australia Australia

Round 2

14 November 2021
12:00 GMT (UTC±00:00)
England England v Spain Spain
14 November 2021
14:30 GMT (UTC±00:00)
Australia Australia v Norway Norway

Round 3

17 November 2021
11:00 GMT (UTC±00:00)
Australia Australia v Spain Spain
17 November 2021
13:30 GMT (UTC±00:00)
England England v Norway Norway

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 France France 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stages
2 Scotland Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Wales Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 United States USA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 12 November 2021. Source:[citation needed]

Round 1

12 November 2021
11:00 GMT (UTC±00:00)
France France v Wales Wales
12 November 2021
13:30 GMT (UTC±00:00)
Scotland Scotland v United States USA

Round 2

15 November 2021
17:00 GMT (UTC±00:00)
France France v Scotland Scotland
15 November 2021
19:30 GMT (UTC±00:00)
Wales Wales v United States USA

Round 3

18 November 2021
11:00 GMT (UTC±00:00)
France France v United States USA
18 November 2021
13:30 GMT (UTC±00:00)
Wales Wales v Scotland Scotland

Knock out stages

Semi-finals

The semi-finals will be played as a double header at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield on 21 November 2021.

21 November 2021
12:00 GMT (UTC±00:00)
Winner of Group B v Runner Up in Group A
21 November 2021
14:30 GMT (UTC±00:00)
Winner of Group A v Runner Up in Group B

Final

26 November 2021
19:30 GMT (UTC±00:00)
Winner of SF1 v Winner of SF2

Team base camps

Base camps were used by the national squads to stay and train before and during the World Cup tournament. On 10 June 2020, these locations were released. All the wheelchair teams are based in either London or Sheffield; [8]

See also

Legacy of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup

References

  1. ^ a b "Nations Confirmed For Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup 2021". Able Magazine. 19 July 2019. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  2. ^ Heppenstall, Ross (21 October 2019). "2021 Rugby League World Cup: Female and wheelchair players to receive same fees as male counterparts for first time". The Telegraph. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Rugby League World Cup 2021 draw: England drawn with Samoa, France and Greece". BBC Sport. 16 January 2020. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Leeds Announced As Rugby League World Cup 2021 Host". www.visitleeds.co.uk. 29 January 2019. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  5. ^ "International Rugby League Announces Wheelchair Match Officials Squad for RLWC2021". Rugby League International Federation. 25 May 2021. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  6. ^ "England start against Samoa at World Cup". BBC Sport. 21 July 2020. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Rugby League World Cup 2021 | Schedule". www.rlwc2021.com. 21 July 2020. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  8. ^ "Kangaroos to be united in Manchester: World Cup team bases announced". National Rugby League. 10 June 2020. Retrieved 10 June 2020.