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Rugby League World Cup 2017 Fixtures, Schedule and Dates - Australia begin RLWC title defence in October

Andrew Hendrie 4 May 2017
  • Fixtures, schedule and dates for the upcoming 2017 Rugby League World Cup
  • Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea play host to rugby league's biggest international tournament
Australia celebrate their 2013 World Cup win

The 2017 Rugby League World Cup takes place in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea at the end of the year, and we’ve got all the fixtures and dates covered!

Defending champions and one of three host countries Australia lead the 14-nation 2017 Rugby League World Cup, which begins in Melbourne on October 27 and runs through to the grand final in Brisbane on Saturday December 2.

New Zealand and Papua New Guinea will also play host to what promises to be a spectacular month-long rugby league extravaganza.

Australia are the defending champions having conquered arch-rivals New Zealand by a dominant 34-2 scoreline when the tournament was held in England and Wales in 2013.

Only three nations have lifted the Rugby League World Cup silverware, with Australia winning a record 10 times, Great Britain prevailing on three occasions (last win in 1972) and New Zealand securing one title when they toppled the Kangaroos in a shock 34-20 victory in 2008.

Every nation competing in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup have participated before, but it will only be the second competition for minnow nations Italy (2013), Lebanon (2000) and the United States (2013).

Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea are automatic entries due to being host nations (they all would qualify nonetheless), while England, Fiji, France, Samoa and Scotland all receive direct entry due to reaching the quarter-finals or better at the 2013 World Cup.

Ireland will be competing after winning the European qualifying group 2 stage, Italy are present following their victory in the European qualifying play-off, Lebanon make their first appearance since 2000 as they emerged triumphant in the Middle East-Africa play-off competition, the USA won the Americas qualifying group and Wales took out the European qualifying group 1.

Read on below for a complete list of fixtures and dates for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

2017 Rugby League World Cup Fixtures and Dates

Group A

Australia, England, France, Lebanon

Group A

DateTeamTeamVenueTime
Friday October 27AustraliaEnglandMelbourne Rectangular Stadium8.05pm (AEDT)
Sunday October 29New ZealandLebanonCanberra Stadium4.05pm (AEDT)
Friday November 3AustraliaFranceCanberra Stadium8.00pm (AEDT)
Saturday November 4EnglandLebanonSydney Football Stadium7.30pm (AEDT)
Saturday November 11AustraliaLebanonSydney Football Stadium8.00pm (AEDT)
Sunday November 12EnglandFrancePerth Rectangular Stadium6.00pm (AWST)


Group B

New Zealand, Samoa, Scotland, Tonga

Group B

DateTeamTeamVenueTime
Saturday October 28New ZealandSamoaMt Smart Stadium, Auckland7.30pm (NZDT)
Sunday October 29ScotlandTongaBarlow Park, Cairns2.00pm (AEST)
Saturday November 4New ZealandScotlandChristchurch Stadium5.30pm (NZDT)
Saturday November 4SamoaTongaWaikato Stadium, Hamilton7.30pm (NZDT)
Saturday November 11New ZealandTongaWaikato Stadium, Hamilton5.35pm (NZDT)
Saturday November 11SamoaScotlandBarlow Park, Cairns5.30pm (AEST)


Group C

Papua New Guinea, Wales, Ireland

Group C

DateTeamTeamVenueTime
Saturday October 28Papua New GuineaWalesNational Football Stadium, Port Moresby4.30pm (PGT)
Sunday November 5Papua New GuineaIrelandNational Football Stadium, Port Morseby4.00pm (PGT)
Sunday November 12WalesIrelandPerth Rectangular Stadium3.30pm (AWST)


Group D

Fiji, United States, Italy

Group D

DateTeamTeamVenueTime
Saturday October 28FijiUSATownsville Stadium6.30pm (AEST)
Sunday November 5ItalyUSATownsville Stadium6.30pm (AEST)
Friday November 10FijiItalyCanberra Stadium7.45pm (AEDT)


Inter-Group Matches

Papua New Guinea, Wales, Ireland, Fiji, United States, Italy

Inter-Group

DateTeamTeamVenueTime
Sunday October 29IrelandItalyBarlow Park, Cairns4.00pm (AEST)
Sunday November 5FijiWalesTownsville Stadium4.30pm (AEST)
Sunday November 12Papua New GuineaUSANational Football Stadium, Port Moresby3.35pm (PGT)


Knockout Stages

Knockout Stages

Date + RoundTeamTeamVenueTime
Friday November 17 (QF1)TBCTBCDarwin Stadium7.00pm (AEST)
Saturday November 18 (QF2)TBCTBCChristchurch Stadium5.00pm (NZDT)
Saturday November 18 (QF3)TBCTBCWellington Regional Stadium7.30pm (NZDT)
Sunday November 19 (QF4)TBCTBCMelbourne Rectangular Stadium4.00pm (AEDT)
Friday November 24 (SF1)TBCTBCBrisbane Stadium7.05pm (AEST)
Saturday November 25 (SF2)TBCTBCMt Smart Stadium, Auckland5.30pm (NZDT)
Saturday December 2 (Grand Final)TBCTBCBrisbane Stadium7.00pm (AEST)




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