The Rugby League World Cup comes to Liverpool

The Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) is set to take place in England next year, with three games to be held in Liverpool. 

The highly-anticipated fixture schedule promises to be the biggest and best World Cup in the history of the sport, as the men’s, women’s and wheelchair teams all compete at the same time in a major sporting first. 

Liverpool will host three fixtures at RLWC2021, starting off with an Anfield double-header, before staging the wheelchair final. 

The full fixture list for Liverpool is as follows: 

  • England vs Canada (Women’s) –Anfield(Saturday 13 November) – 12.00pm 
  • Men’s Quarter-Final (Teams TBC) –Anfield(Saturday 13 November) – 14.30pm 
  • Wheelchair Final (Teams TBC) – M&S Bank Arena (Friday 26 November) – 19.30pm

In June, it was revealed that Liverpool will be the team training base for the men’s teams from Tonga and Italy. 

The RLWC2021 is to also take the tournament’s values and the core principles of sport into the classroom as a powerful educational tool for school children across England. 

RLWC2021 has put impactful legacy projects as one of the central objectives of the tournament which promises to engage with and inspire communities to use the power of sport as a force to effect a positive change. 

The RLWC2021 Education Programme will not only educate but also motivate the next generation of rugby league fans. 

Designed by teachers for teachers, the classroom resources will allow educators to devise and deliver themed lessons which capture the cultural and geographical scope of this unique tournament, featuring men’s, women’s and wheelchair competitions simultaneously. 

The schools signed up to the education resources will also have access to ticket offers and competitions to win exciting World Cup prizes including trophy visits, ambassador visits, World Cup memorabilia and much more. 

Rob Unsworth, the new head of PE at Rainford High, said: “Rugby League is the perfect vehicle for developing the whole child. It benefits a wide range of fitness components and is the ultimate character-building activity, pushing many pupils out of their comfort zone whilst fostering; resilience, team work, courage and confidence.” 

The engaging curriculum-linked resources are available to download now, as teachers plan for the return of schools in September. 

Tracy Power, legacy director of RLWC2021, said: “This is a perfect example of bringing our tournament strapline of “the power of together” to life through this exciting schools programme. 

“By harnessing the inspirational nature of RLWC2021 with schools and children across England, we can now deliver a project which can showcase rugby league as a force for good in our core communities.” 

“We hope to take RLWC2021 into as many classrooms as possible through this programme as we continue to deliver on our mission to leave a lasting legacy.” 

To sign-up for the educational resources, visit: 

For more information on the RLWC2021 fixtures and tickets, head to 

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