England selected to host Rugby League World Cup

The World Cup will return to England. Credit: PA

England will host the Rugby League World Cup in 2021, it has been confirmed by the sport's governing body.

The Rugby League International Federation selected England ahead of the United States due it's high playing numbers and government backing.

England staged an outstanding World Cup in 2013 and have clearly outlined their vision for the 2021 World Cup as a world-class event eclipsing the attendances, reach and legacy of 2013. The bid details that the Rugby League World Cup will be the highlight of the international sporting calendar in England that year and RLIF looks forward to a great tournament. >

RLIF chief executive David Collier

Officials say bids were assessed against seven criteria and England scored heavily in its supporter base and government support, both in terms of the £25million government backing and its legacy, as well as in areas such as visas, security, international development and promotion.