The Rugby League World Cup will finally take place 12 months later than originally planned with all games being held in England. Australia are the holders and everyone's favourites to win it for the 12th time. Check out this amazing guide from BettingPro.com to keep you updated throughout the tournament.
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What is the Rugby League World Cup?
International rugby league – and rugby league in general – does not get the recognition it deserves. This tournament sees the best players in the world pitting themselves against each other to be crowned world champions at Old Trafford.
The Rugby League World Cup should have taken place in 2021. It was postponed and rearranged until 2022, but the numerical status remains the same.
In 2022, more teams than ever will be competing with four groups of four nations taking part.
All quarter-finalists from the 2017 RLWC automatically qualified for this tournament. The remaining eight had to qualify.
History of the Rugby League World Cup
The Rugby League World Cup is one of the longest-running World Cup tournaments in world sport. It was first discussed in the 1930s by the French, but the first official tournament was not held until 1954.
Taking place in 1954, the World Cup celebrated the 20th anniversary of France as a Rugby League nation and featured four nations, Australia, New Zealand, France and Great Britain.
France and Great Britain reached the final after being unbeaten following the group stages. Great Britain won the tournament with a 16-12 win at the Parc des Princes.
Australia have won the World Cup more than any nation with 11 victories. They won their first one back in 1957. They won it twice more before being successful for six tournaments in succession. Their amazing run came to an end in 2008 when they were beaten by New Zealand. They have won the last two tournaments in 2013 and 2017 – Can they make it another hat-trick of victories?
Rugby League World Cup (RLWC21) Betting Offer, Tips & Predictions
Outsiders looking in will automatically pick Australia to win the Rugby league World Cup – and why wouldn’t you.
They have won the trophy 11 times, they are overwhelming favourites with all the bookmakers and they could probably name four separate squads to win the title.
That’s what makes everyone want them to lose – apart from Aussies obviously. A lot of fans feel Australia are the reason international rugby league has been held back for years. It is believed they are so scared of being caught up as the number one nation, that they will do anything to prevent the growth of the game.
That might be nonsense, but a lot of people believe it and they do not want Australia winning another World Cup.
In all honesty, they probably are. Their squad is so talented it’s not funny anymore. If you can get good odds, or a special offer on Australia winning, then do it.
I want this to be the best World Cup ever, so I am not backing the Kangaroos to walk away with it. There are a number of nations capable of winning the World Cup – New Zealand, England, Samoa and Tonga to name four. But we have to be realistic, for any of them to win it, they will need to catch Australia on a bad day.
OK, that’s it. I am flying my St George Flag from the roof of my office, and I am going to be patriotic. Rugby League in England would receive a massive boost if they won the World Cup. I am backing Shaun Wane and his merry men to bring some pride to the country and end win the tournament for the first time. England have never won, but Great Britain won the tournament three times.
I desperately want England to win, so fingers crossed it will happen.
I mention Samoa and Tonga. They are becoming a force in international rugby league, they both have players who have opted to play for their nation instead of Australia and that could be the only thing that stops the Aussies.
Australia, England, Samoa and Tonga are expected to be in the semi-finals, but as a side bet I am throwing in an outsider that could upset the party.
Papua New Guinea’s national sport is rugby league. It would be great if they went far in the tournament. They have the likes of Alex Johnston – who scored 30 tries in the NRL this year, Xavier Coates, Lachlan Lam, Justin Olam and Rhyse Martin in their squad. I would put a cheeky bet on them winning it. You just never know.
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RLWC2021 Betting Odds (Sky Bet)
Australia – 1/2
New Zealand – 7/2
England – 10/1
Samoa – 11/1
Tonga – 11/1
Fiji – 50/1
Papua New Guinea – 250/1
Cook Islands – 500/1
France – 500/1
Ireland – 500/1
Italy – 750/1
Lebanon – 750/1
Scotland – 750/1
Wales – 750/1
Greece – 2000/1
Jamaica – 2000/1
Men’s Rugby League World Cup 2021 fixtures (All times BST)
Saturday 15th October 2022
England v Samoa, Group A, St James’ Park (Newcastle), 2.30pm
Australia v Fiji, Group B, Headingley (Leeds), 7.30pm
Sunday 16th October
Scotland v Italy, Group B, Kingston Park (Newcastle), 2.30pm
Jamaica v Ireland, Group C, Headingley (Leeds), 5pm
New Zealand v Lebanon, Group C, Halliwell Jones Stadium (Warrington), 7.30pm
Monday 17th October
France v Greece, Group A, Keepmoat Stadium (Doncaster), 7.30pm
Tuesday 18th October
Tonga v Papua New Guinea, Group D, Totally Wicked Stadium (St Helens), 7.30pm
Wednesday 19th October
Wales v Cook Islands, Group D, Leigh Sports Village (Leigh), 7.30pm
Friday 21st October
Australia v Scotland, Group B, Ricoh Arena (Coventry), 7.30pm
Saturday 22nd October
Fiji v Italy, Group B, Kingston Park (Newcastle), 2.30pm
England v France, University of Bolton Stadium (Bolton), 5pm
New Zealand v Jamaica, Group C, MKM Stadium (Hull), 7.30pm
Sunday 23rd October
Lebanon v Ireland, Group C, Leigh Sports Village (Leigh), 2.30pm
Samoa v Greece, Group A, Keepmoat Stadium (Doncaster), 5pm
Monday 24th October
Tonga v Wales, Group D, Totally Wicked Stadium (St Helens), 7.30pm
Tuesday 25th October
Papua New Guinea v Cook Islands, Group D, Halliwell Jones Stadium (Warrington), 7.30pm
Friday 28th October
New Zealand v Ireland, Group C, Headingley (Leeds), 7.30pm
Saturday 29th October
England v Greece, Group A, Bramall Lane (Sheffield), 2.30pm
Fiji v Scotland, Group B, Kingston Park (Newcastle), 5pm
Australia v Italy, Group B, Totally Wicked Stadium (St Helens), 7.30pm
Sunday 30th October
Lebanon v Jamaica, Group C, Leigh Sports Village (Leigh), 12pm
Tonga v Cook Islands, Group D, Riverside Stadium (Middlesbrough), 2.30pm
Samoa v France, Group A, Halliwell Jones Stadium (Warrington), 5pm
Monday 31st October
Papua New Guinea v Wales, Group D, Keepmoat Stadium (Doncaster), 7.30pm
Friday 4th November
Quarter Final 1 – Winner B v Runner-up C, John Smith’s Stadium (Huddersfield), 7.30pm
Saturday 5th November
Quarter Final 2 – Winner A v Runner-up D, DW Stadium (Wigan), 2.30pm
Quarter Final 3 – Winner C v Runner-up B, MKM Stadium (Hull), 7.30pm
Sunday 6th November
Quarter Final 4 – Winner D v Runner-up A, University of Bolton Stadium (Bolton), 2.30pm
Friday 11th November
Semi Final 1 – Winner QF v Winner QF, Elland Road (Leeds), 7.45pm
Saturday 12th November
Semi Final 2 – Winner QF v Winner QF, Emirates Stadium (London), 2.30pm
Saturday 19th November
World Cup 2021 Final, Old Trafford (Manchester), 4pm
Rugby League World Cup squad lists:
England: Andy Ackers, Joe Batchelor, John Bateman, Tom Burgess, Mike Cooper, Herbie Farnworth, Ryan Hall, Chris Hill, Morgan Knowles, Matty Lees, Tommy Makinson, Michael McIlorum, Mike McMeeken, Mikolaj Oledzki, Kai Pearce-Paul, Victor Radley, Marc Sneyd, Luke Thompson, Sam Tomkins, Kallum Watkins, Jack Welsby, Elliott Whitehead, George Williams, Dom Young.
Samoa: Josh Aloiai, Fa’amanu Brown, Stephen Crichton, Mathew Feagai, Braden Hamlin-Uele, Chanel Harris-Tavita, Royce Hunt, Oregon Kaufusi, Spencer Leniu, Danny Levi, Jarome Luai, Taylan May, Tyrone May, Anthony Milford, Josh Papali’i, Junior Paulo, Jaydn Su’A, Joseph Sua’ali’i, Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, Izack Tago, Martin Taupa’u, Brian To’o, Kelma Tuilagi.
France: Lambert Belmas, Alrix Da Costa, Jordan Dezaria, Morgan Escaré, Ben Garcia, Tony Gigot, Mickael Goudemand, Louis Joffret, Benjamin Jullien, Matthieu Laguerre, Samisoni Langi, Corentin Le Cam, Paul Marcon, Anthony Marion, Arthur Mourgue, Éloi Pélissier, Maxime Puech, Arthur Romano, César Rougé, Justin Sangaré, Paul Séguier, Gadwin Springer, Maxime Stéfani, Fouad Yaha.
Greece: Stefanos Bastas, Nikoloas Bosmos, Terence Constantinou, Aris Dardamanis, Nicholas Flocas, Myles Gal, Lachlan Ilias, Jake Kambos, Konstantinos Katsidonis, Grigorios Koutsimpogiorgos, Billy Magoulias, Peter Mamouzelos, Jordan Meads, Jonathan Mitsias, Nicholas Mougios, Ioannis Nake, Theodoros Nianiakas, Chaise Robinson, Ioannis Rousoglou, Sebastian Sell, Liam Sue-Tin, Siteni Taukamo, Robert Tuliatu, Mitchell Zampetides.
Australia: Josh Addo-Carr, Matt Burton, Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Patrick Carrigan, Daly Cherry-Evans, Nathan Cleary, Lindsay Collins, Reuben Cotter, Angus Crichton Tino Fa’asuamaleaui, Campbell Graham, Harry Grant, Valentine Holmes, Ben Hunt, Liam Martin, Latrell Mitchell, Cameron Munster, Cameron Murray, Jeremiah Nanai, Murray Taulagi, James Tedesco, Jake Trbojevic, Jack Wighton, Isaah Yeo.
Fiji: Jowasa Drodrolagi, Tui Kamikamica, Vuate Karawalevu, Viliame Kikau, Apisai Koroisau, Isaac Lumelume, Pio Maisamoa Seci, Lamar Manuel-Liolevave, Netane Masima, Kaylen Miller, Sitiveni Moceidreke, Kevin Naiqama, Ben Nakubuwai, Henry Raiwalui, Joseph Ratuvakacereivalu, Mikaele Ravalawa, Taniela Sadrugu, Maika Sivo, Penioni Tagituimua, Sunia Turuva, Semi Valemei, King Vuniyayawa, Brandon Wakeham, Josh Wong
Italy: Daniel Atkinson, Nathan Brown, Joey Tramontana, Cooper Johns, Ryan King, Jake Maizen, Luca Moretti, Luke Polselli, Jack Campagnolo, Alec Susino, Luke Hodge, Kyle Pickering, Jack Colovatti, Ethan Natoli, Rinaldo Palumbo, Nicholas Tilburg, Gieole Celerino, Simone Boscolo, Giordano Arena, Ippolito Occhialini, Alex Rojatto, Dean Parata, Brenden Santi, Anton Iaria, Richard Lepori.
Scotland: Charlie Emslie, Shane Toal, Kieran Buchanan, Logan Bayliss-Brow, Bailey Hayward, Davey Dixon, Dale Ferguson, Lewis Clarke, Ben Hellewell, Lachlan Walmsley, Kane Linnett, Calum Gahan, Alex Walker, Kyle Schneider, Euan Aitken, Luke Bain, Ryan Brierley, Sam Luckly, Bayley Liu, James Bell, Matty Russell, Liam Hood, Guy Graham, Jack Teanby.
New Zealand: Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Jesse Bromwich, Kenny Bromwich, Dylan Brown, James Fisher-Harris, Kieran Foran, Peta Hiku, Jahrome Hughes, Sebastian Kris, Moses Leota, Isaac Liu, Joey Manu, Jeremy Marshall-King, Ronaldo Mulitalo, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Briton Nikora, Marata Niukore, Isaiah Papali’i, Jordan Rapana, Brandon Smith, Scott Sorensen, Joe Tapine, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak.
Ireland: James Bentley, Keanan Brand, Liam Byrne, Ed Chamberlain, Josh Cook, Frankie Halton, James Hasson, Jaimin Jolliffe, Luke Keary, Joe Keyes, Toby King, George King, Ben Mathiou, James McDonnell, Ronan Michael, Robbie Mulhern, Richie Myler, Dan Norman, Henry O’Kane, Harry Rushton, Innes Senior, Louis Senior, Michael Ward.
Lebanon: Jalal Bazzaz, Adam Doueihi, Hanna El-Nachar, Toufic El-Hajj, Elie El-Zakhem, Atef Hamdan, Kayne Kalache, Andrew Kazzi, Jacob Kiraz, Bilaal Maarbani, Anthony Layoun, Josh Mansour, Jaxson Rahme, Josh Maree, Tony Maroun, Abbas Miski, Brad Morkos, Mitchell Moses, Khalil Rahme, Khaled Rajab, Reece Robinson, James Roumanos, Mikey Tannous, Charbel Tasipale.
Jamaica: Greg Johnson, AJ Wallace, Aaron Jones-Bishop, Ross Peltier, Keenen Tomlinson, Chevaughn Bailey, Khamisi McKain, Andrew Simpson, Marvin Thompson, Renaldo Wade, James Woodburn-Hall, Ashton Golding, Michael Lawrence, Kieran Rush, Bradley Ho, Mo Agoro, Abevia McDonald, Joel Farrell, Ben Jones-Bishop, Joe Brown, Alex Young, Jacob Ogden, Jordan Andrade, Jy-Mel Coleman.
Tonga: Talatau Junior Amone, David Fifita, Addin Fonua-Blake, Moeaki Fotuaika, Siliva Havili, Will Hopoate, Konrad Hurrell, Isaiya Katoa, Sione Katoa, Felise Kaufusi, Keaon Koloamatangi, Toluta’u Koula, Tui Lolohea, Soni Luke, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Tesi Niu, Haumole Olakau’atu, Will Penisini, Moses Suli, Siosifa Talai, Tevita Tatola, Siosiua Taukeiaho, Jason Taumalolo, Daniel Tupou.
Papua New Guinea: Wellington Albert, Jacob Alick, Kevin Appo, Watson Boas, Xavier Coates, Edene Gebbie, Edwin Ipape, Zev John, Alex Johnston, Lachlan Lam, Kyle Laybutt, Nene Macdonald, Rhyse Martin, Sylvester Namo, Jimmy Ngutlik, Justin Olam, Nixon Putt, Dan Russell, Jeremiah Simbiken, Rodrick Tai, Sherwin Tanabi, Wesser Tenza, Emmanuel Waine, McKenzie Yei.
Wales: Caleb Aekins, Bailey Antrobus, Gavin Bennion, Joe Burke, Chester Butler, Mike Butt, Connor Davies, Curtis Davies, Rhys Evans, Will Evans, Kyle Evans, Ben Evans, Dan Fleming, Matty Fozard, Dalton Grant, Tom Hopkins, Elliot Kear, Rhodri Lloyd, James Olds, Ollie Olds, Josh Ralph, Luis Roberts, Anthony Walker, Rhys Williams.
Cook Islands: Tevin Arona, Tinirau Arona, Geoffrey Daniela, Johnathon Ford, Anthony Gelling, Kayal Iro, Makahesi Makatoa, Steven Marsters, Esan Marsters, Davvy Moale, Tepai Moeroa, Dylan Napa, Ruatapu Ngatikaura, Moses Noovao-McGreal, Pride Pettersen-Robati, Dom Peyroux, Brendan Piakura, Reuben Porter, Vincent Rennie, Reubenn Rennie, Brad Takairangi, Aaron Teroi, Zane Tetevano, Paul Ulberg.
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