Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea will play hosts for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.


(Photo Cameron Spencer/GettyImages)

Nations:

Australia

New Zealand

England

Scotland

Samoa

France

Ireland

Fiji

Wales

United States

Tonga

Italy

Papua New Guinea

Lebanon

Pools:

The nations’ current RLIF rankings are in parentheses.

Pool A: Australia (1), England (3), France (6), Lebanon (21)

Pool B: New Zealand (2), Scotland (4), Tonga (11), Samoa (5)

Pool C: PNG (15), Wales (9), Ireland (7)

Pool D: Fiji (8), USA (10), Italy (14)

Eligibility Rule:

In September 2016, the Rugby League International Federation introduced new rules regarding eligibility for international matches.

The major rule for our purposes is that players who are eligible for both a top-tier nation and a developing nation can represent the latter without it harming their future prospects for the former.

The most famous example of this would be Anthony Milford. If he is not selected to represent Australia, the new rules allow him to play for Samoa without it having any bearing on Milford’s future prospects for Queensland or Australia.

In short, it means more of the NRL’s best players are set to appear in the upcoming tournament, which has to be a positive for both the game and fans.

Venues:

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

National Football Stadium, Port Moresby

NEW ZEALAND

Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington

Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland

Waikato Stadium, Hamilton

Christchurch Stadium, Christchurch

AUSTRALIA

Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane

Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney

Melbourne Rectangle Stadium, Melbourne

Townsville Stadium, Townsville

Barlow Park, Cairns

Canberra Stadium, Canberra

Perth Rectangle Stadium

Darwin Stadium, Darwin

Official Television Broadcast Partners:

Seven Network, Australia

Sky Sports, New Zealand

BBC Sports, United Kingdom

BeIN Sport

RLWC Draw:

Friday, October 27

Australia v England at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne, 8pm

Saturday, October 28

Papua New Guinea v Wales at Oil Search National Football Stadium, Port Moresby, 4pm

New Zealand v Samoa at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, 6.10pm

Fiji v USA at Townsville Stadium, Townsville, 8.40pm

Sunday, October 29

Ireland v Italy at Barlow Park, Cairns, 3pm

France v Lebanon at Canberra Stadium, Canberra, 4pm

Scotland v Tonga at Barlow Park, Cairns, 5.15pm

Friday, November 3

Australia v France at Canberra Stadium, Canberra, 8pm

Saturday, November 4

New Zealand v Scotland at Christchurch Stadium, Christchurch, 3pm

Samoa v Tonga at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, 5.30pm

England v Lebanon at Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney, 8pm

Sunday, November 5

Papua New Guinea v Ireland at Oil Search National Football Stadium, Port Moresby, 5pm

Italy v USA at Townsville Stadium, Townsville, 5pm

Fiji v Wales at Townsville Stadium, Townsville, 7.30pm

Friday, November 10

Fiji v Italy at Canberra Stadium, Canberra, 7.40pm

Saturday, November 11

New Zealand v Tonga at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, 3pm

Samoa v Scotland at Barlow Park, Cairns, 6pm

Australia v Lebanon at Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney, 8pm

Sunday, November 12

Papua New Guinea v USA at Oil Search National Football Stadium, Port Moresby, 4pm

Wales v Ireland at Perth Rectangular Stadium, Perth, 5.30pm

England v France at Perth Rectangular Stadium, Perth, 8pm

Friday, November 17

First quarter final at Darwin Stadium, Darwin, 8pm

Saturday, November 18

Second quarter final at Christchurch Stadium, Christchurch, 3pm

Third quarter final at Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, 5.30pm

Sunday, November 19

Fourth quarter final at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne, 4pm

Friday, November 24

First semi final at Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane, 8pm

Saturday, November 25

Second semi final at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, 4pm

Saturday, December 2

Final at Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane, 8pm

(**Please note; Times displayed are AEDT**)
Tickets:

http://www.rlwc2017.com/fixtures