2021 World Cup draw delayed

James Gordon

The draw for the 2021 World Cup has been put back until January.

It had originally been due to be made next Wednesday, November 27, which is exactly two years out from the final.

No specific reason has been given for the delay, though an event is still being held at Old Trafford to look ahead to the tournament and provide details on the draw.

A RLWC2021 spokesperson said the date has been changed to give it the world class platform that it deserves, with more details to be revealed soon.

The Cook Islands became the 16th and final nation to qualify for the tournament by beating USA at the weekend.

All games will be held in England, with an enforced change recently following the collapse of plans for a new stadium in Workington, resulting in their games being reallocated.

The 16 teams will be divided in to four groups of four, the first balanced draw in the World Cup for several years.

The pools will be drawn based on seedings, with Australia, England, New Zealand and Tonga set to be the top seeds.

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