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February 20, 2014

Australia and New Zealand to host the 2017 Rugby League World Cup

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The Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) has announced that the Rugby League World Cup 2017 will be hosted jointly by Australia and New Zealand.

The Kangaroos will defend their World Cup title on home soil. Image: theguardian.com

The Kangaroos will defend their World Cup title on home soil. Image: theguardian.com

After the success of Rugby League World Cup 2013, the RLIF has moved quickly to assess the bids for the next World Cup and announce the hosts. This will allow more than three years of planning for RLWC2017 to build on the accomplishments of RLWC2013.

Chairman of the bid committee and RLIF Vice-Chair, Nigel Wood said “This was not a simple decision but with fans of international Rugby League buoyed by the recent success of RLWC2013, we were determined to get it right.”

“Both bids were thoroughly compelling but the joint Australia/New Zealand bid was selected as the one with the greatest chance of success in providing more compelling games in world class environments in front of big, passionate crowds.”

“The bid from South Africa was very strong, prepared professionally and clearly demonstrated a passion for Rugby League that is growing by the day in that country.”

Details of the qualifying competition for the tournament and the Festival of World Cups will be decided by the RLIF and announced in due course.

The NRL has also confirmed international Rugby League will return to Sydney in 2014 with the May 2 Test between Australia and New Zealand to be held at Allianz Stadium.

It will be the first time the Kangaroos have played the Kiwis in Sydney since 2008.


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