England v Samoa: Rugby League World Cup

Rugby League World Cup matches hosted in Newcastle 2021

The RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP has been postponed until 2022.

"RLWC2021 will be twelve months later than planned but we can’t wait to welcome the greatest athletes into some of the best stadia across England and have the global spotlight on Rugby League. We are working hard to confirm new tournament arrangements including ticket details and availability and will be providing updates in due course."

Read the statement from RLWC team in full here.

Now scheduled for the Saturday 15 October 2022 and Saturday 19 November 2022, RLWC2021 will still launch with a spectacular opening match at Newcastle’s St James Park. The full schedule is yet to be announced.


In 2022, Newcastle will take centre stage once again - this time as host city for the opening ceremony of the postponed Rugby League World Cup 2021.

The biggest tournament in Rugby League - the Rugby League World Cup - will now take place in England spanning 5 weeks from Saturday 15 October 2022 and Newcastle will be one of the host cities for the major sporting event. Newcastle's iconic city-centre stadium, St James' Park will host the opening men's group game including the men's opening ceremony. The opening game will see England's men's team take on Samoa to kick start the Rugby League World Cup tournament.

World Cup Opener: England v Samoa : Saturday 15 October 2022

The excitement doesn't end there, nearby Kingston Park will host an additional 3 men's group games. Kingston Park is home to Newcastle Thunder and Rugby Union team Newcastle Falcons.

  • Saturday 15 October: England v Samoa - St James' Park Newcastle
  • New date TBA: Scotland v Italy - Kingston Park, Newcastle
  • New date TBA: Fiji v Italy - Kingston Park, Newcastle
  • New date TBA: Fiji v Scotland - Kingston Park, Newcastle

For more information, ticket alerts and to be first to receive the latest news and updates then visit the official Rugby League World Cup 2021 website.

Fans of rugby league will also be able to enjoy the wider tournament across the country with not just the men's group but also a nail biting tournament from the Women's group and, for the first time ever, the wheelchair competition will be part of the Rugby League World Cup main event.

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