Today March marks 200 days to go until the Rugby League World Cup makes a real impact across the nation when England take on Samoa in the tournaments’ opening fixture at St James’ Park, Newcastle on 15 October 2022.
To commemorate the milestone, the tournament is undertaking a 48-hour trophies tour of the 18 host towns and cities in celebration of a 48-hour ticket upgrade offer, whereby fans can benefit from a ticket upgrade that is too good to miss. Fans can buy a Category C ticket for a number of opening matches and get upgraded to a Category B, meaning fans can secure one of the best seats in the house, with prices starting from just £15.
The trophies tour, whereby the silverware from the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments will be paraded around the towns and cities getting ready to host the 61 matches of the upcoming World Cup, commenced at 07:00 in Newcastle with RLWC2021 Ambassador Jason Robinson in attendance.
The tour will then pass through six of the other host locations, including Leeds’ Headingley Stadium, before making its final stop of the first 24 hours in Kirklees at Huddersfield’s John Smith’s Stadium.
Day two on Wednesday 30th March will begin at Manchester’s Old Trafford, the home of the double header finals of the men’s and women’s tournaments. The journey will then continue to visit the remaining host locations before its final stop at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in London.
Jon Dutton, Chief Executive of RLWC2021, said: “After a challenging couple of years for everyone, it is hugely exciting to be able to take our three unique trophies to each host partner as they put on their own celebration and make a ‘Real Impact’ in their local community.
“The road to RLWC2021 starts now and with this limited ticket offer and exciting new campaign being released, we hope to encourage fans far and wide be involved in the biggest, best and most inclusive Rugby League World ever to be staged.”
Ticket prices for the tournament start as low as £2.21 for concessions, as the unique tournament will be one of the most accessible and affordable for fans with more than 80% of tickets priced below £50. Fans can purchase tickets via www.rlwc2021.com/tickets.
England coach Shaun Wane’s preparations for the tournament begin with a battle against the Combined Nations All Stars where both sides will wear special Tongan themed shirts to raise funds to support recovery efforts following the Tsunami in one of major contenders for World Cup glory this year and home to Super League stars like Konrad Hurrell, Will Hopoate and Tui Lolohea.
Wane is likely to pick a team of Super League stars for that game, but plenty of English stars are shining in the NRL. Herbie Farnworth is currently the top scorer down under whilst no player has made more line breaks than former Huddersfield Giant Dom Young who has made four for the Newcastle Knights whilst scoring three tries in three games, just one less than Farnworth.
At this moment Young is set to play for Jamaica. It remains to be seen whether Shaun Wane will try and tempt him to join his England squad.