Free World Cup 2021 tickets to be given to key workers

Rugby League World Cup 2021 organisers will make 20,021 free tickets available to those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors critical to the coronavirus response.

Tickets were due to go on sale in July, though due to the outbreak organisers have agreed a new timeline allowing for flexibility around dates due to the uncertainty of the pandemic.

June 10 marks 500 days to go until the opening game on October 23 2021 at St James’ Park, which will see England take on Samoa in the men’s tournament.

The team-bases for the 21 nations involved in the three competitions will be revealed, in addition to a new tournament identity being made public.

Between this point and September, the organisers will detail the schedules for the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments, plus the announcement of ticket tiers and prices.

Due to the current global situation, the organisers have decided not to put a date on these, having initially planned to release the schedule in April.

Jon Dutton, Chief Executive of RLWC2021, said: “Other sports, clubs, leagues and events have been acutely impacted by COVID-19 and our planning needs to be aligned and proportionate with the global crisis and respectful of more immediate needs.

“We have done various aspects of scenario planning and we believe the current plan is the most suitable at this point, however we know we are required to be flexible and adapt as and when appropriate.

“The team has made the unanimous decision to provide 20,021 free tickets to keyworkers in the UK as our way of saying thank you. The work, effort, dedication and sheer determination needs to be recognised and hopefully we can provide these local heroes and their families with something to look forward to next year.”

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Tickets will go on pre-sale in September, before a public ballot opens on October 23 – a year before the tournament starts.

Anyone will be able to request tickets for as many individual fixtures as they wish until 27 November 2020.

December 2020 will see fans receive the results of the public ballot and tickets will then go on general sale in early 2021.


  1. Hi I work at ST James hospital in Leeds as a clinical support worker on the Acute floor. My Husband and I are huge rugby fans (Rhinos) and would love to attend one of the games.

  2. I am a support worker working in the community looking after adults with learning disabilities big wigan how do a apply

  3. Hi I am in homecare how do I apply for the tickets I would something to look forward to when all this is over and we can all release some of the mental tension we are all suffering and able to spend time with my husband and son who are also out there doing long haul deliveries to keep food in the stores.

  4. Massive rugby league fan, both myself and partner both key workers. Can you put me on mailing list please and let me know what proof you need and how we apply. Thanks

  5. Me and my partner are keyworkers as we work for a service that provides care for adults with learning disabilities and autism. How do we apply for these tickets?

    • Hi I work in the ambulance service. How do I apply for some tickets,?

      It is amazing how ppl have come together to show appreciation its really humbling


  6. Oh wow this would be amazing . My husband and I are both key workers , something wonderful to look forward to. How would we apply ?

  7. I am a key worker in a butchers, we are helping our local community everyday with their needs coming before ours. We had tickets for 6 nations but it was cancelled….It would be AMAzing to be recognised for a couple of free tickets

  8. I’m a Saints fan and a nurse in nurse Looking after Covid-19 patients in the North West – would love to take my son to a game once all this is over.

  9. How do I get the tickets for the rugby World Cup my husband and I both are massive rugby fans and work for the NHS would love to go how do we go about applying for tickets many thanks for the generous donation xxc

  10. My role is as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner , ICU , ED , I would love an opportunity to apply for tickets . Thankyou so much .

  11. Ho will be I be able to apply please this is brilliant. Something to look forward to. I’m a key social care worker myself. Thankyou very much.

  12. I’m a support worker looking after people with learning disabilities and autism how can we apply for the tickets and how many tickets do we get

  13. I. Would also like so stickers to the rugby my son has played for years and never had opportunity to watch live rugby.
    I’m a front line worker working in itu

  14. I have worked all the way through the pandemic as work for a Breakdown Service provider, classed as a Key-worker really would like to opportunity to see a Rugby game for myself and husband

  15. how do we apply for nhs tickets.
    we need a fair amount of notice as we work in the operating theatre in shrewsbury hospital.
    many thanks

  16. I am a teacher & have been working with key worker children. Would love the chance to win some free tickets please.

  17. I work for NHS at local hospital and my husband and I are big rugby fans. Would love to see St James’ opening match. How do we apply?

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