**Doncaster has been successful in its bid to host three fixtures of the Rugby League World Cup 2021 and bring top class international rugby league to South Yorkshire**

To receive the latest news, events and tickets relating to the Rugby League World Cup in Doncaster email lorna.reeve@doncaster.gov.uk to be added to the database. 

RLWC2021 - An Iconic Event

Set to be the biggest and best Rugby League World Cup in history, the inspirational moments of England 2021 will capture the imagination of all.

The Rugby League World Cup has been the pinnacle of International Rugby League since 1954. Now contested every four years, with a series of qualification tournaments leading up to it, the RLWC is open to all full and affiliate members of the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF).

In 2021, for the first time, the Men’s, Women’s and Wheelchair competitions will be staged in a single, celebratory event, culminating in an epic Finals Weekend to crown the champions of each. The host country is England and Doncaster is bidding for its share of the action at the home of Doncaster Rugby League Club - The Keepmoat Stadium.

More teams than ever will compete to be crowned Rugby League World Cup Champions with four pools of four nations competing in up to 14 stadia.

All quarter finalists from the preceding World Cup (RLWC2017) automatically qualify to compete. The remaining eight nations are decided by a qualification process based on global regions determined by the Rugby League International Federation. See below. All competing teams will be known by November 2019.

New rivalries will form, old ones will play out with vigour. Pre-game Hakas, Sipi Taus and hymns will set the stage for clashes of epic proportions. 



*Update* 20th August 2018 

The team behind Doncaster’s Rugby League World Cup bid is delighted to announce they have proceeded to the candidate stage of the process.

The bid which was submitted on the 31st July 2018 highlighted Doncaster’s desire to host three Rugby League World Cup 2021 games at the Keepmoat Stadium during the tournament in October 2021. It also seeks to host the teams in Doncaster during the tournament.

Carl Hall, Chief Executive of Doncaster Rugby Football League Club said ‘we’re delighted with the news we’ve received today to confirm we’re through to the next stage of the process.  Our bid team including Club Doncaster, Doncaster Council, Business Doncaster and Visit Doncaster worked together to ensure we submitted a comprehensive bid and marketing campaign and we’re grateful that it’s been recognised by the Rugby League World Cup 2021 team’.

The candidate stage runs from today, 20th August until 12th October and during this time site visits will be undertaken and an assessment report review.


Doncaster is committed to being a host destination for the best Rugby League World Cup ever and has embarked on a campaign for members of the community to #backthebid.  Our bid is submitted on 31st July 2018 and between now and then we're asking as many people as possible to get involved.  Check out our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for the latest posts.

We'll update you here with any news we have on our application - but here's a run down of our campaign:

  • 8 weeks to go – launch of the countdown through the presence of CEX Doncaster RFL Club, Carl Hall and the promotion of the bid at the Dons V Bradford Bulls match.
  • 7 weeks to go – showcase of Doncaster’s ability to deliver major events
  • 6 weeks to go – quotes from Cook Island and New Zealand teams following their visit in 2013 demonstrating that Doncaster has experience of hosting host world class sporting teams.
  • 5 weeks to go – video showcasing the youth teams of Bentley ARLFC and the impact to grass roots through the development of the legacy project
  • 4 weeks to go – Post to highlight the economic impact to Doncaster should the bid be successful
  • 3 weeks to go – promotion of the bid team at the Great Yorkshire Show located on the Welcome to Yorkshire stand – engaging a regional and national audience.
  • 2 weeks to go – Film by Carl Hall CEO Doncaster RLFC highlighting the impact to the Rugby Club and legacy of 2013.
  • 1 week to go – carousel of videos of partners officially backing the bid
  • Bid Submission day – Bid team celebrating the submission.

#wearedoncaster #backthebid 

The bid team consists of Doncaster Council, Club Doncaster, Doncaster Rugby League Club, Business Doncaster and Visit Doncaster.