USA and Canada to host RLWC2025


Following the recommendation of the RLIF Board to conditionally award the 2025 World Cup to North America the RLIF Congress at its AGM held in Liverpool on 17 November endorsed the Board’s recommendation.

RLIF Chairman Nigel Wood commented: “The award of the 2025 World Cup to North America is a historic moment in the global development of Rugby League. The USA and Canada provides world class stadia allied to a significant multi-cultural population which made the bid so persuasive. It is exciting that our sport is expanding into a new destination for our premier event, the World Cup, and we will work with our members in the USA and Canada and Moore Sports International to expand the presence of our sport in these countries during the lead in to the 2025 World Cup. The Board will now work with Moore Sports International to complete the due diligence and exchange of contracts to complete the award.”

“I thank the RLIF board for their enthusiasm and vision for Rugby League and in particular the tens or thousands of Rugby League Fans, in North America and around the globe, who gave us such strong support throughout this process” said Jason Moore, President and CEO Moore Sports International. “This is a powerful statement for Rugby League and its bright future in North America. I also thank the Moore Sports International extraordinary team of people in the US and Australia that worked tirelessly on a high quality and strategically well-constructed Bid. We at Moore Sports International are all very excited by the challenges that lay ahead in presenting a great 2025 Rugby League World Cup in USA and Canada.”

RLIF Chief Executive David Collier commented: “The decisions from our meetings in Liverpool have given fresh impetus to the global expansion of our sport and we look forward to an exciting year in 2017 with the World Cup less than a year away and tickets now on sale for the matches in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.”

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United States of America and Canada

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Australia, New Zealand and United Kingdom

Tristan Hay:                         +61 418 773 477


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