The Rugby League World Cup, RLWC, is a global event and is played every four years, usually consisting of 14 teams, although that is expected to grow. The idea of a rugby league world cup tournament was first mooted in the 1930s with the French proposing holding a tournament in 1931, and again in 1951. The fourteen tournaments held to date have been at intervals ranging from two to eight years, and have featured a number of different formats.
Hosted by England and Wales, the 2013 RLWC staging expanded to 14 teams and was considered the most successful competition to date in terms of attendances, exposure and financial output. Australia too the title home again after defeating New Zealand in the final by a score of 34-2.
Following the 2013 tournament, the World Cup is scheduled to take place every four years, with the next competition in 2017 in Australia, New Zealand and for the first time in Papua New Guinea. The 2021 tournament will be held in England. The 2025 Rugby League World Cup will be held in the United States and Canada.