The 2021 Rugby League World Cup chief executive, Jon Dutton, presented his plans for the tournament to MPs, Peers and associate members of the All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group this week.
In his presentation, he discussed the host bid process, the tournament’s legacy programme, participation and engagement, and a facilities fund.
For the first time, the men’s, women’s and wheelchair World Cups will be staged together.
The host bid process was opened earlier this month and hosts will be selected later this year.
Chairing the meeting was Member of Parliament for St Helens South and Whiston, and All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group Secretary, Marie Rimmer MP.
She said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Jon to Parliament, and to hear about the exciting plans for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.
“I have no doubt that we will see another fantastic tournament in 2021, which I hope will engage and inspire young people across the country to get involved with our great game.”
All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group Chair and Member of Parliament for Bradford South, Judith Cummins MP, added “I am delighted that the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England will stage the men’s, women’s and wheelchair competitions together for the first time.
“The tournament presents a significant opportunity for rugby league in England, and I hope that the clear legacy programme that has been developed will provide the basis for further growth in our sport.”