‘Incredibly exciting!’ York’s Rugby League World Cup fixtures revealed

Formidable opponents: the Kiwi Ferns. Photograph: Rugby League World Cup 2021
21 Jul 2020 @ 8.45 am
| Sport

The Rugby League World Cup 2021 tournament organisers have revealed the fixture list for next year’s tournament – including the games coming to York.

York will be hosting eight fixtures at the LNER Community Stadium, all in the women’s tournament, starting off with New Zealand vs France. 

The full fixture list for York is as follows: 

  • New Zealand vs France (women’s): Wednesday 10th November – 5pm
  • Australia vs Cook Islands (women’s): Wednesday 10th November – 7.30pm
  • New Zealand vs Cook Islands (women’s): Sunday 14th November – 5pm
  • Australia vs France (women’s): Sunday 14th November – 7.30pm
  • France vs Cook Islands (women’s): Thursday 18th November – 5pm
  • Australia vs New Zealand (women’s): Thursday 18th November – 7.30pm
  • Women’s Semi-Final (teams TBC): Monday 22nd November – 5pm
  • Women’s Semi-Final (teams TBC): Monday 22nd November – 7.30pm

In June, it was revealed that York will be the team training base for New Zealand’s men and women’s team, as well as the women’s sides from Australia, France and Cook Islands.

‘Incredibly exciting’

Across the city, partners have been working with the Rugby League World Cup team to bring the event to York next year – including City of York Council, York City Knights, Make It York, GLL, York St John University, University of York and Queen Ethelberga’s. 

Chairman of York City Knights Jon Flatman said: “It is incredibly exciting to hear that we will be hosting these fantastic games in York next year for the Rugby League World Cup.

“We will be working with partners across the city to ensure this event creates a long lasting legacy for the sport and the wider community, with resident engagement set to be a key part of the activity.

“The event will have a huge reach with fans across the world and give York invaluable exposure on the international stage and we are looking forward to welcoming the visiting teams and fans to the city!”  

Cllr Darryl Smalley, the council’s lead on leisure, culture and communities said: “These matches will inspire more people to take up sport as they watch world-class international athletes in the new LNER Community Stadium. Having both semi-finals will be incredible and we hope to see England play and win.”

Find out all the fixture news on the Rugby League World Cup 2021 website.