Sheffield's fixtures for the Rugby League World Cup 2021 revealed
Sheffield will be hosting nine fixtures in the Rugby League World Cup (RLWC) 2021, it has been announced today.
The RWLC 2021 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.
Sheffield’s fixtures will kick off in the men’s tournament, with a match between England and Greece at Bramall Lane – the only England men’s game in Yorkshire.
The English Institute of Sport will also play a key role in the wheelchair tournament hosting eight fixtures including the exciting semi-final double-header.
Coun Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure at Sheffield Council, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting the only England men’s game in Yorkshire, against Greece who will enjoy their first experience of the tournament here in Sheffield.
"And, with games including current champions France, against third ranking Wales, the wheelchair group matches look set to be full of anticipation and tension.
“As well as being one of the most inclusive and diverse events ever hosted in England, the tournament is on course to be the biggest and most viewed Rugby League World Cup ever.
“The pandemic has had a huge impact on sporting competition and I know that come Autumn 2021 we will all be ready to celebrate this tournament with excitement, and deliver our part in this world-class event with pride.”
In June, it was revealed that Sheffield will be the team training base for the men’s squad from Greece, and wheelchair sides from France, Wales, Scotland and USA.
Sheffield United CEO, Stephen Bettis, said he is “honoured” that Bramall Lane has been selected to host the prestigious men’s fixture.
Andrew Snelling, Chief Executive at Sheffield City Trust, said: “We’re delighted to be involved in next year’s Rugby League World Cup, particularly hosting both semi-finals for the wheelchair events at EISS.
"We have a proud history of supporting disability sports, and hosting the tournament is a great opportunity to showcase the excitement and raise the profile of Wheelchair Rugby.”
The dates, venues and kick-off times for all the fixtures can be found at www.RLWC2021.com.