500 days to go

Hull to host Fiji in Rugby League World Cup 2021

 With 500 days to go until the opening fixture of the Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021), tournament organisers have announced that Hull will act as the training base for Fiji’s men’s team.

Hull’s passionate rugby league fans will welcome 2017 semi-finalists, Fiji, as the Pacific Islanders look to go even further at RLWC2021. The KCOM Stadium, which has seen some incredible rugby league action over the years, will host two men’s games, including a quarter-final.

Councillor Dave Craker, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said:

“We are incredibly proud to be hosting the Fijian team and look forward to welcoming 2017’s semi-finalists to our great city next year.

“With 500 days to go, the countdown is well and truly on and excitement is building amongst Hull’s massive rugby league community.

“Hull is well-versed in hosting visitors from across the UK and, as a city of culture, we know this fantastic tournament will bring rugby fans from across the country and the world, which in turn is great for our city’s economy and reputation across the world.”

Following this announcement, the fixtures for all three tournaments will be announced in the coming months.

RLWC2021 has today also revealed new branding for the tournament, celebrating the power of together. Hull now has its own bespoke elements, using some the city’s most recognisable locations and people.

Across the UK, squads from the 21 unique nations and 32 teams will be based in different locations:

  • Hull – Fiji (Men’s)
  • Bolton – France (Men’s)
  • Doncaster – Samoa (Men’s)
  • Leeds – Jamaica, Ireland (Men’s) | England, Papua New Guinea, Brazil, Canada (Women’s)
  • Liverpool and St Helen’s – Tonga, Italy (Men’s teams)
  • London – England, Australia, Norway, Spain (Wheelchair)
  • Manchester – England, Australia (Men’s)
  • Newcastle – Scotland (Men’s)
  • Preston – Wales (Men’s)
  • Sheffield – Greece (Men’s) | France, Wales, Scotland, USA (Wheelchair)
  • Tees Valley – Cook Islands (Men’s)
  • Warrington – Papua New Guinea (Men’s)
  • Wigan/Leigh – Lebanon (Men’s)
  • York – New Zealand (Men’s) | Australia, New Zealand, France, Cook Islands (Women’s)


RLWC2021 has today also revealed new branding for the tournament, celebrating the power of together, focusing on human interest stories and emotional connections, with the goal of connecting with a universal audience.

The new branding will also include bespoke elements from each host, drawing on recognisable icons and displaying the sense of civic pride each host has for its town or city.

Jon Dutton, RLWC2021 Chief Executive, said: “Today marks another hugely exciting milestone on the road to Rugby League World Cup 2021 as we celebrate 500 days until the opening fixture at St James’ Park in October next year.

“Hull is a rugby league powerhouse and home to one of the best rivalries in sport. We are sure that this news will excite everyone in Hull, as they are set to welcome one of the most exciting and passionate teams to play the game, Fiji.

“Our refreshed tournament identity and today’s nation base announcement can serve as an exciting reminder for the people of Hull of what’s to come in 2021 as we continue to build momentum towards what promises to be the biggest and best Rugby League World Cup in history.”

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