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Nationwide ticket sales show World Cup popularity

The organisation behind the Rugby League World Cup that will light up the UK this autumn, RLWC2021, says the big event is capturing the imagination of sports fans throughout the country.

Sales data shows that, so far, 30 per cent of tickets across all three tournaments —men’s, women’s, wheelchair — have been snapped up by non-core rugby league fans with areas such as London among the highest ticket-producing geographical areas.

A spokesperson said:

“The buy-in from fans from non-core rugby league areas is bigger than ever.”

On Tuesday, June 1, RLWC2021 will enter into a three-week off-sale period.

The organisers are working hard to ensure that this particular World Cup will leave a lasting legacy for Rugby League — one of the major sports in many parts of the world, like the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Islands of the South Pacific Rim.

It is also growing and being developed in many other parts of the world, as indicated by the inclusion of 16 countries in the forthcoming World Cup men’s tournament, forming four groups of four.

  • Group A: England, Samoa, France, Greece
  • Group B:  Australia, Fiji, Scotland, Italy
  • Group C:  New Zealand, Ireland, Jamaica, Lebanon
  • Group D: Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Wales, Cook Islands

The top two at the conclusion of each group competition go into the quarter-finals.

It all kicks off with the opening ceremony, followed by England v Samoa, at St James’s Park, Newcastle on Saturday, October 23, 2021 with the final at Old Trafford on Saturday, November 27.

England’s other group games are against France at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday, October 30 (5pm) and against Greece at Bramall Lane, Sheffield on Saturday, November 6 (2.30pm).

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