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Rugby League World Cup 2025 confirmed for North America

The USA and Canada will host the Rugby League World Cup in 2025 following the earlier recommendation of the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) Board.

England was awarded the 2021 World Cup in October after seeing off a rival bid from the United States and Canada, with North America recommended for 2025.

The tournament has always previously been played in Europe or Australasia.

RLIF Chairman Nigel Wood said:

The award of the 2025 World Cup to North America is a historic moment in the global development of Rugby League. The USA and Canada provides world class stadia allied to a significant multi cultural population which made the bid so persuasive. It is exciting that our sport is expanding into a new destination for our premier event the World Cup and we will work with our members in the USA and Canada and Moore Sports International to expand the presence of our sport in these countries during the lead in to the 2025 World Cup.

The Board will now work with Moore Sports International to complete the due diligence and exchange of contracts to complete the award.

For the 2021 version in England, 12 stadiums across the country will be selected to host matches, from a shortlist which will include a variety of Rugby League stadiums and a number of other iconic sporting venues such as Old Trafford, Etihad Stadium, St James’ Park and Wembley.