Rugby League World Cup dates have been announced ahead of the tournament next year.
The opening involving a double header and the date for the final had already been revealed, but Rugby League World Cup organisers have now announced the dates for the remaining group games, and the dates for the knockout stages which involves Wembley double header for both semi finals on Saturday 23 November 2013.
RLWC2013 General Manager Sally Bolton said: “This is more exciting news for RLWC2013 and shows again that we are in great shape in terms of planning. Announcing these fixture dates now will allow Super League and Championship fans to start making plans for the tournament as they receive our ‘early bird’ offers with their season ticket renewals over the next few weeks.
“We would encourage all Rugby League fans to buy early, especially for the showpiece games, as we have already had enquiries from St Helens fans, who were the first to receive their RLWC2013 ticket offers with their renewal information this week. Judging by our social media interaction we expect many more enquiries as the country enjoys a massive few weeks of sporting action.”
England will begin their campaign to be crowned world champions in 2013 at Cardiff on Saturday, October 26, as they take on Australia in the second of a double header which will also see Wales open the tournament against Italy.
Derwent Park in Workington, which replaced the planned Copeland Stadium in Whitehaven as a World Cup venue last week, will play host to Tonga v Scotland on Tuesday, October 29 and Scotland v Italy on Sunday, November 3.
The semi final double header at Wembley Stadium will take place on Saturday, November 23. Kick off times for all 28 matches have yet to be confirmed, with a TV broadcast deal expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Bolton said: “It is important to note that a small number of the dates may be subject to change. Our host broadcast partners will also be announced soon and when the TV schedule is finalised we will be able to set in stone the fixtures and kick-off times.”
Tickets for the World Cup will go on sale on Friday October 26, 2012, exactly one year before the tournament starts.
Full list of Rugby League World Cup 2013 fixtures and dates
Group games – Round one
Group games – Round two
Group games – Round three
22. Friday 15th November Headingley Carnegie, Leeds Winner B v Winner C QF1
23. Saturday 16th November Glyndŵr University RS, Wrexham Winner A v Winner D QF2
24. Saturday 16th November DW Stadium, Wigan Runner Up A v 3rd Place B QF3
25. Sunday 17th November Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington Runner Up B v 3rd Place A QF4
26. Saturday 23rd November Wembley Stadium, London Winner Q/F 2 v Winner Q/F 4 SF1
27. Saturday 23rd November Wembley Stadium, London Winner Q/F 1 v Winner Q/F 3 SF2
28. Saturday 30th November Old Trafford, Manchester Winner S/F 1 v Winner S/F 2