This week has been a milestone week for the Rugby League World Cup.
It’s only set to get better with two massive semi-finals this weekend at Elland Road and the Emirates Stadium.
Chief Executive Jon Dutton has spoken about this himself revealing that tickets are selling well for the two semi-finals: “It has been a brilliant weekend of rugby league with nine games across the men’s, women and wheelchair tournaments as well as a royal visit in Wigan from The Princess of Wales. It was a fantastic occasion which was enjoyed by all involved and has elevated the sport to new heights.
“After so many years of build-up, and the incredible challenges that have been overcome, to get to the semi-finals of the men’s tournament is so exciting. What a fantastic couple of games we have in prospect with four tremendous teams set to battle it out for a chance to reach the final at Old Trafford.
“With tickets selling well for both matches at Elland Roads and the Emirates respectively, we are expecting great atmospheres at both venues. Whether you are a hardcore rugby league fan or new to the sport it should be incredible to watch so get your tickets and witness history being made.”
This comes after the tournament confirmed it was the most watched Rugby League World Cup with a TV audience of 18.7 million.
On this Dutton said: “As the tournament builds towards the latter stages, we can really see how the momentum is building with increasing audiences reflected in the latest update on broadcast figures.
“The coverage so far across the BBC and wider broadcast partners has been fantastic, and I’m really pleased with how we’ve been able to showcase the sport to dedicated rugby league fans as well as new audiences around the globe.
“My hope is that it brings new fans to sport rugby league across all three formats, and a personal highlight for me has been the popularity of the wheelchair tournament. Those close to the sport already knew how gripping it can be, but having seen the reaction and the audience figures as the group games have progressed has been incredible, with yet more to come.”