Rugby League World Cup fixture dates revealed

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.

England will then travel to Huddersfield to face Ireland on Saturday, November 2, before rounding off the group against Fiji at the KC Stadium on Saturday, November 9.

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

1. Saturday 26th October         Millennium Stadium, Cardiff                   Australia v England                                  Group A

2. Saturday 26th October         Millennium Stadium, Cardiff                   Wales v Italy                                          Group C/D

3. Sunday 27th October           MS3 Craven Park, Hull                          Papua New Guinea v France                      Group B

4. Sunday 27th October           Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington       New Zealand v Samoa                              Group B

5. Monday 28th October          Spotland Stadium, Rochdale                  Fiji v Ireland                                            Group A

6. Tuesday 29th October         Derwent Park, Workington                     Tonga v Scotland                                    Group C

7. Wednesday 30th October    The Memorial Stadium, Bristol                USA v Cook Islands                                  Group D


Group games – Round two

8. Friday 1st November             Parc des Sports, Avignon                      New Zealand v France                               Group B

9. Saturday 2nd November       Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield            England v Ireland                                     Group A

10. Saturday 2nd November     Langtree Park, St Helens                       Australia v Fiji                                         Group A

11. Sunday 3rd November       Glyndŵr University RS, Wrexham             Wales v USA                                            Group D

12. Sunday 3rd November       Derwent Park, Workington                      Scotland v Italy                                       Group C

13. Monday 4th November       MS3 Craven Park, Hull                           Papua New Guinea v Samoa                     Group B

14. Tuesday 5th November      Leigh Sports Village                               Tonga v Cook Islands                             Group C/D


Group games – Round three

15. Thursday 7th November    Salford City Stadium                                   Scotland v USA                                      Group C/D

16. Friday 8th November         Headingley Carnegie, Leeds                     New Zealand v Papua New Guinea             Group B

17. Saturday 9th November     KC Stadium, Hull                                     England v Fiji                                         Group A

18. Saturday 9th November     Thomand Park, Limerick                          Australia v Ireland                                 Group A

19. Sunday 10th November     The Gnoll, Neath                                     Wales v Cook Islands                            Group D

20. Sunday 10th November     The Shay, Halifax                                   Tonga v Italy                                         Group C

21. Monday 11th November     Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan                         France v Samoa                                    Group B


Quarter finals

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


Semi finals

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


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