The rugby league world cup quarter-finals are almost upon us and they could be the biggest and best set of quarter-final clashes in the tournament’s long history.
World number one ranked side New Zealand take on Fiji on Saturday night at Hull FC’s MKM Stadium as they look to avenge their shock defeat to Fiji in the 2017 World Cup at this stage.
Meanwhile, Mitchell Moses will be looking to prove a point against Mal Meninga’s Australia side after being overlooked in favour of Nathan Cleary and Daly Cherry-Evans as Lebanon meet Australia in the first quarter-final on Friday night at Huddersfield Giants’ John Smith’s Stadium.
On Sunday there is perhaps the biggest and best quarter-final of the lost as Samoa take on Tonga at Warrington Wolves’ Halliwell Jones Stadium.
That’s close to call as will be the quarter-final clash between England and Papua New Guinea at Wigan Warriors’ DW Stadium on Saturday. The Kumuls beat Great Britain in 2019 and want to replicate that magic.
If they do, they will do so in front of royalty with Patron of Rugby League the Princess of Wales will be the guest of honour as the RFL confirmed with the following statement:
The RFL, England Rugby League and Rugby League World Cup 2021 are honoured that the Princess of Wales will attend the DW Stadium this Saturday (November 5).
Simon Johnson, Chair of the RFL, said: “We will be delighted and honoured to welcome the Princess of Wales for the first time as the RFL’s Royal Patron. With both our England Women and Men’s teams playing important World Cup matches on Saturday, her presence will enhance a special occasion for our sport, for the World Cup and for the famous Rugby League town of Wigan.”
Chris Brindley, Chair of RLWC2021, said: “In being the biggest, best and most inclusive tournament in the sport’s 127-year history, it is an honour and a privilege to be able to host the Princess of Wales at a Rugby League World Cup 2021 match day and we look forward to our competing nations putting on a show to remember.”