The countdown to the Rugby League World Cup 2017 has begun, with the tournament organisers officially starting the clock with the launch of a new logo and website.
The remaining four places will be decided over the next year or so, with the USA hosting a three-way qualifying tournament which features Canada and Jamaica in December.
“Rugby league has never been stronger here and around the world, with more people watching and playing the game than ever before,” says RLWC2017 chief executive Michael Brown.
“We want the Rugby League World Cup to be a great celebration – not just for the players, but we want to celebrate the diversity of the countries and cultures playing the game.
“It is important we give fans of all the nations playing the Rugby League World Cup the opportunity to be part of a great experience and we want them to bring their culture, their heritage and their passion to the games.
“The Rugby League World Cup is the pinnacle event on the international calendar and I know players are passionate about representing their country on the world stage.”