The KCOM Stadium at night.
The KCOM Stadium at night.

Hull named among Rugby League World Cup 2021 training base hosts

Hull has been named as one of the locations selected as training and team base camps for the Rugby League World Cup 2021.

The announcement of host stadia for the tournament was made in January.

Now, the 16 locations that will host the qualified nations as training and team base camps during the tournament have been revealed – with Hull among them.

The opening fixtures of the tournament are now 900 days away and the next stage of planning has been finalised.

Qualification is still ongoing across men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments.

All competing nations will be confirmed in time for the draw on November 27.

Locations selected as training and team base camps:  

  • Allerdale
  • Bolton
  • Doncaster
  • Hull
  • Leeds
  • Liverpool
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Preston
  • Sheffield
  • St Helens
  • Tees Valley
  • Trafford/Salford
  • Warrington
  • Wigan/Leigh
  • York

Hull City Council leader Stephen Brady said: “I am delighted that Hull has been named one of the training base hosts for the Rugby League World Cup 2021. It shows that Hull is a city that deserves a place on the rugby league world map.

“Hosting a tournament of this status is fantastic for the city’s rugby league fans. The tournament will bring to the city rugby fans from across the country and the world, which is also great for the city’s wider economy and its reputation across the world.”

Hull will host a group game and a quarter-final game after a successful bid by Hull City Council.

In 2021, 32 teams will compete over 64 games, with the tournament promising to be one of the most inclusive and diverse events ever hosted in England. It will promote three disciplines of the sport – with men’s, women’s and wheelchair Rugby League World Cup contested.

The KCOM Stadium in West Park, Hull.

Hull’s KCOM Stadium will host a group game and a quarter-final.

Jon Dutton, RLWC2021 chief executive, said: “RLWC2021 will see nations from all over the world travel to England to compete for the sport’s most prestigious prize. Each chosen location submitted a compelling bid and our decisions represent our confidence in each of these towns and cities to provide a world-class host experience to the visiting nations in 2021.

“These chosen hosts will play such an important role in welcoming all teams and nations, offering them a base and helping them prepare in the best possible environment so they can perform at their peak on the pitch.”

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