Queensland to host biggest game of Rugby League World Cup 2017
Brisbane has also secured one of two semi-final games, while fans in Townsville and Cairns will have a front row seat to the World Cup when it heads north for six pool matches.
Tourism and Major Events Minister Kate Jones said Queensland had scored the major games of the Rugby League World Cup, reinforcing the State’s standing as the home of rugby league.
“This is a major coup for the state and will focus the attention of millions of rugby league fans on Queensland,” Ms Jones said.
“The tournament is expected to attract tens of thousands of interstate and international visitors and generate up to 120,000 visitor nights for Queensland.
“I look forward to Queenslander Mal Meninga and his Kangaroos retaining the World Cup on home soil and claiming the inaugural Paul Barrière Trophy, named after the founding father of international rugby league.”
Ms Jones said rugby league had strong links with regional Queensland and the games in Townsville and Cairns would bring North Queensland close to the action.
“Townsville will host a match between the USA and Fiji Bati and will also stage a double-header when the USA return against a European qualifier and Fiji take on another European qualifier,” she said.
“Cairns will also host a double-header between Scotland and Tonga, and a clash between two European qualifiers in round one.
“Samoa and Scotland will contest the third pool match in Cairns.
“As Queenslanders, we are proud to host the World Cup’s biggest games, which helps drive visitation, supports jobs and fosters pride in our state.”
Chief Executive Officer of the Rugby League World Cup 2017 Michael Brown said the support of the Queensland Government would give more fans the chance to see the world’s best players battle for the Paul Barrière Trophy.
“Queenslanders have a very proud history of supporting rugby league and we know these passionate rugby league communities will embrace hosting the sport’s pinnacle event in their own back yard,” Mr Brown said.
“In planning this tournament, we made a deliberate decision to take the Rugby League World Cup to more fans than any World Cup has done before. With the support of the Queensland Government we will give fans in both Cairns and Townsville the opportunity to see World Cup action.
Darwin to host Rugby League World Cup 2017 Quarter Final
Darwin has secured a Rugby League World Cup 2017 (RLWC2017) Quarter-Final that is expected to feature the Kangaroos, as announced today at the Official Tournament Draw. In one of the most anticipated matches of the tournament, should the Kangaroos qualify for the last eight, they will begin their finals’ campaign in the Northern Territory capital when Darwin hosts a Quarter-Final on Friday 17 November 2017.
Rugby League World Cup 2017 Chief Executive Officer, Michael Brown, said the Northern Territory Government has ensured that Rugby League fans from across the region will see the world’s best teams battle it out for the Paul Barrière Trophy.
“In planning this Tournament, the Organising Committee made a deliberate decision to take the Rugby League World Cup to more fans than any World Cup has done before,” Mr Brown said.
“With the support of the Northern Territory Government, we will give fans in Darwin the opportunity to attend the World Cup and experience what will be a festival of Rugby League. “Darwin has already hosted NRL Premiership matches and we know fans will come from right across the country to see the Kangaroos in this all-important Quarter-Final.
“The Rugby League World Cup 2017 will be the greatest sporting event in Australia next year and we look forward to working with the Northern Territory Government to deliver an event that will entertain the world, inspire communities and celebrate Rugby League.”
Chief Minister Adam Giles welcomed the announcement.
“This is fantastic news and will well and truly put the Territory on the world stage,” Mr Giles said.
“The Northern Territory Government has a track record of delivering world-class events, which has enabled us to put in a strong bid for the World Cup.
“This Government has been working hard to attract international level sporting fixtures, national and international training camps and events to the Territory.
“Part of our tourism strategy has been to penetrate the Rugby League market and hosting a quarter-final in Darwin will target this market and boost tourism numbers in the low season.
“Having the likes of Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk, Greg Inglis and coach Mal Meninga in Darwin will benefit Rugby League in the Territory at a grassroots level and I have no doubt the entire community will embrace the teams while they are in Darwin.”
The Rugby League World Cup 2017 will see 14 teams play 28 games over five weeks from 27 October until 2 December 2017 – all hoping to be crowned world champions, in what is the pinnacle event in international Rugby League. In addition to playing matches in Australia and New Zealand, there will be three pool matches played in Papua New Guinea. With 11 teams already confirmed, the final three teams will come from the European Qualifying Tournament to be played in October and November this year. The teams who are still in the race include Wales, Ireland, Russia, Serbia, Italy and Spain.
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2017 Rugby League World Cup Fixtures
Each team will play each other once and the top three of the four teams from pool A will qualify for the Quarter Finals.
Australia vs England (27 October Melbourne)
France vs Lebanon (29 October Canberra)
Australia vs France (3 November Canberra)
England vs Lebanon (4 November Sydney)
Australia vs Lebanon (11 November Sydney)
England vs France (12 November Perth)
Each team will play each other once and the top three of the four teams from pool B will qualify for the Quarter Finals.
New Zealand vs Samoa (28 October Auckland)
Scotland vs Tonga (29 October Cairns)
New Zealand vs Scotland (4 November Christchurch)
Samoa vs Tonga (4 November Hamilton)
Samoa vs Scotland (11 November Cairns)
New Zealand vs Tonga (11 November Hamilton)
Pool C consists of Papua New Guinea and two European teams yet to be determined (EQ1 and EQ2). Each team will play each other once and also one team from Pool D. The top team in Group C will qualify for the Quarter Finals.
Papua New Guinea vs EQ1 (28 October Port Moresby)
Papua New Guinea vs EQ2 (Port Moresby)
EQ1 vs EQ2 (12 November Perth)
Pool D consists of Fiji, USA and one European team yet to be determined (EQ3). Each team will play each other once and also one team from Pool C. The top team in Group D will qualify for the Quarter Finals.
Fiji vs USA (28 October Townsville)
EQ3 vs USA (5 November Townsville)
Fiji vs EQ3 (10 November Canberra)
EQ2 vs EQ3 (29 October Pool C/D Cairns)
Fiji vs EQ1 (5 November Pool C/D Townsville)
Papua New Guinea vs USA (12 November Pool C/D Port Moresby)
The Rugby League World Cup European Qualifiers
There are two qualifying groups, each with three teams, with the winner of each group advancing to the World Cup to join Papua New Guinea in Pool C. The runner-up in each group will play off for the final World Cup spot with the play-off winner to join Fiji and USA in Pool D. The Rugby League World Cup European Qualifying matches will be played in October this year.
Group A consists of Wales, Serbia and Italy (EQ1)
Group B consists of Russia, Ireland and Spain (EQ2)
Q1: A1 vs B3 (17 November Darwin)
Q2: B2 vs D1 (18 November Christchurch)
Q3: B1 vs A3 (18 November Wellington)
Q4: A2 vs C1 (19 November Melbourne)
S1: Q1 vs Q2 (24 November Brisbane)
S2: Q3 vs Q4 (25 November Auckland)
S1 vs S2 (2 December Brisbane)