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31 Jan 2019
2021 Rugby League World Cup venues revealed – Old Trafford to host finals day

Old Trafford in Manchester will host the "finals day" of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup (RLWC2021).

The home of Manchester United is one of a number of major football stadiums to be used during the tournament, which is being held across England in two years' time.

The Emirates Stadium will host a men’s semi-final, making rugby league the only sport other than football to have been played at the home of Arsenal FC.

The men’s opening ceremony will take place in Newcastle at St. James’ Park, following four successful seasons as the host of rugby league's Magic Weekend.

Other football stadiums to host games include the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, Bramall Lane in Sheffield and Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough.

Set to be the most inclusive rugby league event ever, RLWC2021 will see the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments played concurrently for the first time.

The women’s and men’s finals will take place as a double-header at Old Trafford, while Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena will host the wheelchair final.

Tournament organisers have met the Government target of hosting at least 80 per cent of the tournament in the "Northern Powerhouse", with games also taking place in Doncaster, Huddersfield, Hull, Leeds and York.

"With all three tournaments running concurrently, RLWC2021 will give the chance for people across the country to engage in a variety of ways and really look forward to October and November 2021," said Jon Dutton, CEO of RLWC2021.

"This was an incredibly tough process given the large number of interested parties and the impressive nature of their bids.

"Each and every host now has the opportunity to galvanise and inspire their respective communities ahead of the competing nations arriving in England."

The full list of game venues/hosts:

NORTH-WEST

The University of Bolton Stadium
Anfield Stadium, Liverpool
M&S Bank Arena Liverpool
The Totally Wicked Stadium, St Helens
Old Trafford, Manchester
The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington
Leigh Sports Village, Wigan

WEST MIDLANDS

The Ricoh Arena, Coventry

YORKSHIRE

Club Doncaster
The John Smiths Stadium, Kirklees
The KCOM Stadium, Hull
Elland Road, Leeds
Emerald Headingley Stadium, Leeds
Bramall Lane, Sheffield
The EIS Sheffield
The Community Stadium, York

NORTH-EAST

The Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
St James’ Park, Newcastle

CUMBRIA

The Workington Community Stadium, Allerdale

LONDON

The Emirates Stadium


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18 Apr 2019
GWI’s ATM agenda to focus on medical and wellness tourism
The agenda for the Global Wellness Institute’s (GWI) Wellness Symposium at the 2019 Arabian Travel Market (ATM) has been set and will feature experts in both medical tourism and wellness tourism, who will explore emerging trends and opportunities in both sectors.
18 Apr 2019
Finalists revealed for largest ever ukactive Awards
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17 Apr 2019
Body image revealed as theme for 2019 Mental Health Awareness Week
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14 Apr 2019
Healing Hotels' Anne Biging receives ‘Woman of the Decade’ award from Women’s Economic Forum
Anne Biging, co-founder and CEO of Healing Hotels of the World, has been named ‘Woman of the Decade in Business & Leadership’ at the Women’s Economic Forum (WEF) in New Delhi, India.
08 Apr 2019
World Leisure now accepting applications for Innovation Prize
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05 Apr 2019
Elevate signs up Metro Blind Sport as charity partner to promote inclusivity
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03 Apr 2019
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Second annual Women in Wellness Leadership Conference inspires professional growth
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