Darwin to Host Rugby League World Cup 2017 Quarter-Final

Darwin has secured a Rugby League World Cup 2017 (RLWC2017) Quarter-Final that is expected to feature the Kangaroos, as announced today at the Official Tournament Draw.

In one of the most anticipated matches of the tournament, should the Kangaroos qualify for the last eight, they will begin their finals’ campaign in the Northern Territory capital when Darwin hosts a Quarter-Final on Friday 17 November 2017.

RLWC2017 Chief Executive Officer, Michael Brown, said the Northern Territory Government has ensured that Rugby League fans from across the region will see the world’s best teams battle it out for the Paul Barrière Trophy.

“In planning this Tournament, the Organising Committee made a deliberate decision to take the Rugby League World Cup to more fans than any World Cup has done before,” Mr Brown said.

“With the support of the Northern Territory Government, we will give fans in Darwin the opportunity to attend the World Cup and experience what will be a festival of Rugby League.

“Darwin has already hosted NRL Premiership matches and we know fans will come from right across the country to see the Kangaroos in this all-important Quarter-Final.

“The Rugby League World Cup 2017 will be the greatest sporting event in Australia next year and we look forward to working with the Northern Territory Government to deliver an event that will entertain the world, inspire communities and celebrate Rugby League.”

Chief Minister Adam Giles welcomed the announcement. “This is fantastic news and will well and truly put the Territory on the world stage,” Mr Giles said.

“The Northern Territory Government has a track record of delivering world-class events, which has enabled us to put in a strong bid for the World Cup.

“This Government has been working hard to attract international level sporting fixtures, national and international training camps and events to the Territory.

“Part of our tourism strategy has been to penetrate the Rugby League market and hosting a quarterfinal in Darwin will target this market and boost tourism numbers in the low season.

“Having the likes of Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk, Greg Inglis and coach Mal Meninga in Darwin will benefit Rugby League in the Territory at a grassroots level and I have no doubt the entire community will embrace the teams while they are in Darwin.”

The RLWC2017 will see 14 teams play 28 games over five weeks from 27 October until 2 December 2017 – all hoping to be crowned world champions, in what is the pinnacle event in international Rugby League. In addition to playing matches in Australia and New Zealand, there will be three pool matches played in Papua New Guinea.

With 11 teams already confirmed, the final three teams will come from the European Qualifying Tournament to be played in October and November this year. The teams who are still in the race include Wales, Ireland, Russia, Serbia, Italy and Spain.

To view the Rugby League World Cup 2017 Tournament Draw, go to RLWC2017.com/draw. RLWC2017 Fan packages, including tickets, are on sale now at RLWC2017.com/travel. Tickets will go on general sale on 27 October 2016. Fans should register their interest at RLWC2017.com