Rugby League World Cup 2021: when do tickets go on general sale, how to get them and how much do they cost?

RLWC2021 fixtures, start date, full schedule and kick off times of England tournament

An action-packed British summer of sport awaits with the return of Wimbledon, the delayed Euros - and the Rugby League World Cup 2021.

Numerous sporting events have been postponed due to the Covid pandemic but organisers of the RLWC2021 remain hopeful the tournament will go ahead as planned.

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A festival of rugby awaits with the men’s, women’s and wheelchair competitions all taking place simultaneously across 18 towns and cities in England from October 2021.

Nations will do battle to get their hands on the Rugby League World Cup trophy when the tournament takes place in England later this year. (Pic: Getty)

And now tickets for Rugby League’s international spectacle are beginning to become available.

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When are Rugby League World Cup tickets available?

Tickets for the 2021 tournament are being released gradually ahead of general sale.

Rugby League fans and people who have signed up as RLWC2021 members have been given priority access to tickets until 20:21 (8:21pm, GMT) on Sunday 4 April.

Fans hoping to witness some of the live action can also register their interest for group tickets and a variety of hospitality packages, including international fan travel deals.

Remaining tickets will then be released for general sale from 9am on Tuesday 6 April.

How can I buy RLWC2021 tickets?

Tickets are available for purchase through the official Rugby League World Cup website, which provides a refund guarantee if any match is cancelled for any reason.

The official ticketing channel is also offering an extra layer of protection for anyone who has bought a ticket but later can’t attend the match due to a positive coronavirus test.

How much do Rugby World Cup 2021 tickets cost?

Organisers want the 2021 Rugby League World Cup to be “inclusive, accessible and affordable” for the masses, demonstrated by bringing three tournaments together for the first time.

Ticket prices start at £2.21 for concessions and £10 for adults. More than 80 per cent of tickets are priced below £50 and a family of four can attend a match during half-term for just £35.

For the full pricing structure click here.

When does the 2021 Rugby League World Cup start?

A final decision on what form the tournament will take, such as reduced crow capacities and social distancing measures, or whether it will be postponed will be made in May.

The first match of the tournament is scheduled to take place on 23 October 2021 at St James’ Park, Newcastle, between host nation England and Samoa men’s sides.

As well as Newcastle, games will take place in Hull, Bolton, Coventry, Doncaster, Kirklees, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Preston, Sheffield, St Helens, Tees Valley, Trafford, Warrington, Wigan and Leigh and York.

Men’s 2021 World Cup groups and fixtures

Group A - England, Samoa, France, Greece

Group B - Australia, Fiji, Scotland, Italy

Group C - New Zealand, Lebanon, Jamaica, Ireland

Group D - Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Wales, Cook Islands

Saturday 23 October - England v Samoa, St James’ Park (Newcastle), 2.30pm; Australia v Fiji, KCOM Stadium (Hull), 7.30pm

Sunday 24 October - Scotland v Italy, Kingston Park (Newcastle), 2.30pm; Jamaica v Ireland, Headingley (Leeds), 5pm; New Zealand v Lebanon, Halliwell Jones Stadium (Warrington), 7.30pm

Monday 25 October - France v Greece, Keepmoat Stadium (Doncaster), 2.30pm

Tuesday 26 October - Tonga v Papua New Guinea, Totally Wicked Stadium (St Helens), 7.30pm

Wednesday 27 October - Wales v Cook Islands, Leigh Sports Village (Leigh), 7.30pm

Friday 29 October - Australia v Scotland, Ricoh Arena (Coventry), 7.30pm

Saturday 30 October - Fiji v Italy, Kingston Park (Newcastle), 2.30pm; England v France, University of Bolton Stadium (Bolton), 5pm; New Zealand v Jamaica, Headingley (Leeds), 7.30pm

Sunday 31 October - Lebanon v Ireland, Leigh Sports Village (Leigh), 2.30pm; Samoa v Greece, Group A, Keepmoat Stadium (Doncaster), 5pm

Monday 1 November - Tonga v Wales, Totally Wicked Stadium (St Helens), 7.30pm

Tuesday 2 November - Papua New Guinea v Cook Islands, Halliwell Jones Stadium (Warrington), 7.30pm

Friday 5 November - New Zealand v Ireland, Headingley (Leeds), 7.30pm

Saturday 6 November - England v Greece, Bramall Lane (Sheffield), 2.30pm; Fiji v Scotland, Kingston Park (Newcastle), 5pm; Australia v Italy, Totally Wicked Stadium (St Helens), 7.30pm

Sunday 7 November - Lebanon v Jamaica, Leigh Sports Village (Leigh), 12pm; Tonga v Cook Islands, Riverside Stadium (Middlesbrough), 2.30pm; Samoa v France, Group A, Halliwell Jones Stadium (Warrington), 5pm

Monday 8 November - Papua New Guinea v Wales, Keepmoat Stadium (Doncaster), 7.30pm

Friday 12 November - Quarter Final 1 – Winner B v Runner-up C, John Smith’s Stadium (Huddersfield), 7.30pm

Saturday 13 November - Quarter Final 2 – Winner/Runner-up A v Winner/Runner-up D, Anfield (Liverpool), 2.30pm; Quarter Final 3 – Winner C v Runner-up B, KCOM Stadium (Hull), 7.30pm

Sunday 14 November - Quarter Final 4 – Winner/Runner-up A v Winner/Runner-up D, University of Bolton Stadium (Bolton), 2.30pm

Friday 19 November - Semi Final 1 – Winner QF 1 v Winner QF 3, Elland Road (Leeds), 7.45pm

Saturday 20 November - Semi Final 2 – Winner QF 2 v Winner QF 4, Emirates Stadium (London), 2.30pm

Saturday 27 November - World Cup 2021 Final, Old Trafford (Manchester), 5pm

Women’s 2021 World Cup groups and fixtures

Group A - England, Papua New Guinea, Canada, Brazil

Group B - Australia, New Zealand, France, Cook Islands

Tuesday 9 November - England v Brazil, Headingley (Leeds), 2.30pm; Papua New Guinea v Canada, Headingley (Leeds), 5pm

Wednesday 10 November - New Zealand v France, LNER Community Stadium (York), 5pm; Australia v Cook Islands, Group B, LNER Community Stadium (York), 7.30pm

Saturday 13 November - England v Canada, Anfield (Liverpool), 12pm; Papua New Guinea v Brazil, KCOM Stadium (Hull), 5pm

Sunday 14 November - New Zealand v Cook Islands, LNER Community Stadium (York), 5pm; Australia v France, LNER Community Stadium (York), 7.30pm

Wednesday 17 November - Canada v Brazil, Group A, Headingley (Leeds), 5pm; England v Papua New Guinea, Headingley (Leeds), 7.30pm

Thursday 18 November - France v Cook Islands, LNER Community Stadium (York), 5pm; Australia v New Zealand, Group B, LNER Community Stadium (York), 7.30pm

Monday 22 November - Semi-Final 1 – Winner B v Runner-up A, LNER Community Stadium (York), 5pm; Semi-Final 2 – Winner A v Runner-up B, LNER Community Stadium (York), 7.30pm

Saturday 27 November - World Cup Final – Old Trafford (Manchester), 2.15pm

Wheelchair 2021 World Cup groups and fixtures

Group A - England, Australia, Spain, Norway

Group B - France, Wales, Scotland, USA

Thursday 11 November - Spain v Norway, Copper Box Arena (London), 5pm; England v Australia, Copper Box Arena (London), 7.30pm

Friday 12 November - France v Wales, EIS (Sheffield), 11am; Scotland v USA, EIS (Sheffield), 1.30pm

Sunday 14 November - England v Spain, Copper Box Arena (London), 12pm; Australia v Norway, Copper Box Arena (London), 2.30pm

Monday 15 November - France v Scotland, EIS (Sheffield), 5pm; Wales v USA, EIS (Sheffield), 7.30pm

Wednesday 17 November - Australia v Spain, Copper Box Arena (London), 11am; England v Norway, Copper Box Arena (London), 1.30pm

Thursday 18 November - France v USA, EIS (Sheffield), 11am; Wales v Scotland, EIS (Sheffield), 1.30pm

Sunday 21 November - Semi Final 1 – Winner B v Runner-up A, EIS (Sheffield), 12pm; Semi Final 2 – Winner A v Runner up B, EIS (Sheffield), 2.30pm

Friday 26 November - World Cup Final – M&S Bank Arena (Liverpool), 7.30pm