In 2025, the Rugby League World Cup is headed to France after bouncing between England and Australia for some time.
This is a major boost for the sport but which other countries should host the World Cup?
Here is five:
After the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, rugby league in America looked as strong as ever as they made it to the quarter-finals. In the years that followed, Leeds Rhinos played a friendly in America and Toronto Wolfpack began to shine. Meanwhile, there was a game in Denver in 2018 as England played New Zealand. There is untapped potential in America that rugby league should look to use.
Home to massive rugby league lovers and growing in potential on the international stage. Rugby league would grow and grow in this part of the world on the back of a World Cup/
New Zealand have played co-host to recent World Cups, but in the future it would be terrific to see them host a World Cup all by themselves to try and grow the game even more in New Zealand and get the sport competing with rugby union.
Similar to New Zealand, it would be great to see a whole World Cup played out in Ireland to try and grow the game there to a point at which it can compete with rugby union and strengthen England’s potential mid-season opponents.
Italy has helped produce some star players like the Minchello brothers and Australia’s skipper James Tedesco. It would be great to repay the favour and attempt to grow rugby league in another country.