Leeds announced as 2021 Rugby League World Cup venue

Leeds will stage eight games in the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, than any other city.

By Peter Smith
Tuesday, 29th January 2019, 9:37 am
Updated Tuesday, 29th January 2019, 9:44 am
The new main stand under construction at Emerald Headingley. Picture Simon Hulme.
The new main stand under construction at Emerald Headingley. Picture Simon Hulme.

Elland Road has been chosen as a semi-final venue for the men’s competition and Emerald Headingley will stage three men’s games and four in the women’s tournament,

Other Yorkshire venues are Bramall Lane, Sheffield; Doncaster; KCOM Stadium, Hull; Huddersfield’s John Smith’s Stadium and the new community ground in York which is due to open this summer.

The men’s competition will begin at St James’ Park Newcastle with the final being held at Old Trafford, Manchester along with the last game in the women’s event.

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Most of the matches will be staged in the north with rugby league visiting Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium for the first time.

Workington Community Stadium, which has not yet been built, is scheduled to host three men’s group games.

Coventry’s Ricoh Arena is the venue for one men’s game and a semi-final will be staged at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, the first time a sport other than football has been played there.

The full list of venues across the men’s, women’s and wheelchair fixtures is;

YORKSHIRE

Doncaster – Club Doncaster will host three men’s group games.

Kirklees – The John Smiths Stadium, Huddersfield, will host a men’s quarter-final.

Hull – The KCOM Stadium will host two men’s games, including a quarter-final.

Leeds – Elland Road will host a men’s semi-final and Emerald Headingley Stadium will host three men’s games and four women’s games.

Sheffield – Bramall Lane will host an England men’s group game. The EIS, Sheffield, will host a group and both semi-finals in the wheelchair tournament.

York – The Community Stadium will host a women’s group game and both women’s semi-finals.

NORTH-WEST

Bolton – The University of Bolton Stadium will host two men’s games, including an England group game and quarter-final.

Liverpool – Anfield will host the marquee quarter-final tie along with the women’s opening ceremony and initial England game. M&S Bank Arena Liverpool will host the wheelchair Rugby League final.

Preston – First training base to be revealed.

St Helens – The Totally Wicked Stadium will host three men’s group games.

Trafford – Old Trafford will host both the men’s and women’s finals as a double-header event.

Warrington – The Halliwell Jones Stadium will host three men’s group games.

Wigan and Leigh – Leigh Sports Village will host three men’s group games

WEST MIDLANDS

Coventry – The Ricoh Arena will host one men’s game.

NORTH-EAST

Middlesbrough – The Riverside Stadium will host a significant men’s group game.

Newcastle – St James’ Park will host the opening England men’s group game including the men’s opening ceremony

WEST CUMBRIA

Allerdale – The Workington Community Stadium will host three men’s group games.

LONDON

London – The Emirates Stadium will host a men’s semi-final. The Copper Box Arena will host the England group in the wheelchair tournament.

The draw for the RLWC 2021 will take place on 27th November 2019.