Rugby League World Cup fixture to be hosted in Coventry

Men’s World Cup holders Australia will take on home-nation Scotland at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry in October 2021.

Pictured: Rugby League World Cup 2021 Coventry schedule poster.

The World Cup holders Australia will take on Scotland next year at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry as part of the Rugby League World Cup 2021.

As the international tournament comes to England in 2021, organisers have this week revealed the much-anticipated fixture schedule for what promises to be the biggest World Cup in history, as the men’s, women’s and wheelchair teams all compete at the same time.

Coventry will be hosting the current men’s World Cup holders, Australia as they take on Scotland at the Ricoh Arena on 29 October 2021 kicking off at 19:30.

Cllr Kamran Caan, cabinet member for public health and sport at Coventry City Council, commented on the news saying: “What a reveal! We in Coventry are extremely excited about hosting the Australia VS Scotland game in our city.

“It will be a great opportunity for the city’s profile, highlighting our ability to host high profile sporting events alongside our year as City of Culture.

“It will also give the younger generation of our city even more to aspire to. Whether that’s being inspired to take up Rugby League, or simply incorporating physical activity into their daily lives.”

“It’s great to have something to look forward to during this unprecedented time we are all currently experiencing.”

Australia are currently ranked second in the world and Scotland ninth.

Not only is Scotland a home nation, but Coventry has historical connections with Parkes in New South Wales, Australia too.

1569 saw the twinning of the town Parkes, named after the influential Coventrian Henry Parkes, in Australia with Coventry.

Alan Robinson, Coventry Bears Rugby League club owner, commented: “I am both honoured and excited to welcome Australia and Scotland to our city next year. The Australian Kangaroos are the current world champions and have many of the game’s biggest NRL stars in their ranks.

“This coupled with a passionate home nation in Scotland is sure to draw a crowd with the game being in a world class stadium in such a central location here in the West Midlands.”

With 61 fixtures over a six-week period, the tournament will showcase a festival of world class sporting action.

Stephen Vaughan, group chief executive for Ricoh Arena and Wasps Sport, commented: “Ricoh Arena has a proud history of hosting major rugby matches and entertainment events, and we look forward to welcoming the Australia and Scotland teams to our venue.”

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