LNER Community Stadium to host eight women's fixtures
Four double-headers of RLWC2021 action
Australia vs New Zealand the standout fixture
The Rugby League World Cup 2021 tournament organisers have today (July 21st) revealed the much-anticipated fixture schedule for what promises to be the biggest and best World Cup in the history of the sport, as the men’s, women’s and wheelchair teams all compete at the same time in a major sporting first. Across the city, partners have been working with the Rugby League World Cup team to bring the event to York next year – including City of York Council, York City Knights, Make It York, GLL, York St John University, University of York and Queen Ethelberga’s.
York will be hosting eight fixtures at the LNER Community Stadium, all in the women's tournament, starting off with New Zealand vs France.
The full fixture list for York is as follows:
New Zealand vs France (women's) - LNER Community Stadium (Wednesday 10th November) - 17.00pm
Australia vs Cook Islands (women's) - LNER Community Stadium (Wednesday 10th November) - 19.30pm
New Zealand vs Cook Islands (women's) - LNER Community Stadium (Sunday 14th November) - 17.00pm
Australia vs France (women's) - LNER Community Stadium (Sunday 14th November) - 19.30pm
France vs Cook Islands (women's) - LNER Community Stadium (Thursday 18th November) - 17.00pm
Australia vs New Zealand (women's) - LNER Community Stadium (Thursday 18th November) - 19.30pm
Women's Semi-Final (Teams TBC) - LNER Community Stadium (Monday 22nd November) - 17.00pm
Women's Semi-Final (Teams TBC) - LNER Community Stadium (Monday 22nd November) - 19.30pm
In June, it was revealed that York will be the team training base for New Zealand's men and women's team, as well as the women's sides from Australia, France and Cook Islands.
Jon Flatman, Chairman, York City Knights said: “It is incredibly exciting to hear that we will be hosting these fantastic games in York next year for the Rugby League World Cup. We will be working with partners across the city to ensure this event creates a long lasting legacy for the sport and the wider community, with resident engagement set to be a key part of the activity.
"The event will have a huge reach with fans across the world and give York invaluable exposure on the international stage and we are looking forward to welcoming the visiting teams and fans to the city!"
Councillor Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council: “In York, we are proud to be a host city for the Rugby League World Cup 2021. Today’s fixture announcement is the result of all partners in the city coming together to bring this special sporting event to our incredible city.
“To have the world champion women’s Australian team playing against New Zealand, the second best team in the world, is massive for our city and will certainly be a great occasion.
This is one of many fantastic fixtures taking place in what will be a great few weeks for York.
Councillor Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Communities said: “These matches will inspire more people to take up sport as they watch world-class international athletes in the new LNER Community Stadium. Having both semi-finals will be incredible and we hope to see England play and win.
“We can’t wait to host and watch these fantastic athletes next year and I am sure our residents and communities will get behind these superb events, as they so often do.”
Sean Bullick, Managing Director of Make It York said: "We are delighted that York will be hosting such a fantastic series of fixtures for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup including the Women's Semi-Final. The tournament will be a huge boost to the city - showcasing York around the world, getting residents really involved, and attracting thousands of rugby fans to York next year."
Jon Dutton, RLWC2021 Chief Executive, said: “This is a huge moment for the tournament and for fans in our host cities and towns as we reveal the full fixture schedule.The tournament has been gaining momentum over recent months and fans can now look forward to being part of this unique global event. With match dates and locations confirmed, the excitement will only intensify.
"RLWC2021 will bring together the very best that the sport has to offer, and you can see from the schedule that there is no end of world class, not-to-be-missed matches, across all three tournaments. It Is an exciting day for all our Rugby League fans and communities across England who will be proud and brilliant hosts to the travelling nations as together we deliver the biggest and best Rugby League World Cup to date."
With 61 fixtures over a six-week period the tournament will showcase a festival of world class sporting action. The dates, venues and kick-off times* for each of the three tournaments is now confirmed and available to view at www.RLWC2021.com
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