The public ticket ballot is now open to celebrate the one year countdown to the Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021).

Warrington will be hosting three fixtures at RLWC2021, starting off with New Zealand vs Lebanon on Sunday 24 November 2021.

Professor Steven Broomhead MBE, Warrington Borough Council Chief Executive and Vice Chair of Warrington Wolves said: “This will be the biggest, best and most inclusive Rugby League World Cup to date.

“Rugby League is at the heart of our town, and I’m looking forward to Warrington playing its part in next year’s tournament. Not only can we take pride in being the team base for the Papua New Guinea men’s team, but we will also be hosting three men’s group games at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, and an exciting, international physical disability rugby league event.  Look out for more announcements on that in the coming days.

“We’re encouraging everyone in Warrington to get into the spirit of the event and take advantage of the ballot for tickets. Make sure you apply for tickets soon if you want to be at the centre of the action.”

The public ticket ballot is now open to fans and live sport enthusiasts. To apply for tickets, visit

The public ticket ballot – the first in Rugby League World Cup history and open today from 9am – will remain open for applications until 16 November 2020 at 20:21. Fans will be able to apply for tickets for each of the 61 matches across all three tournaments, with tickets in each price band available for every game, including the eight fixtures in York.  

Following the unprecedented demand during the Rugby League family priority access sale, fans are being encouraged to apply for a wide selection of matches, or use the Powerplay option to have a better chance of seeing their favourite team play during the tournament.

Fans are reminded that the public ticket ballot will be the last opportunity to buy a ticket to the tournament at 2020 promotional rates as ticket prices will increase from 1 January 2021.

To celebrate the one year to go milestone, RLWC2021 organisers have released “The Power of Together” declaration by Manchester poet Tony Walsh, aka Longfella.

World renowned poet, and proud Northerner, Tony Walsh, today captures the passion, excitement and community pride that epitomises the unique and inclusive spirit of the upcoming World Cup.

The poem is a rallying call for communities across the country to play their part in supporting the biggest and best Rugby League World Cup in history.

As the public ticket ballot opens and the tournament edges closer, Walsh urges fans to not miss out and play their part in making it an event to remember – “Help us bring it, help us sing it; help us make the planet tremble, The Rugby League World Cup is coming. Squads assemble!”


Jon Dutton, RLWC2021 CEO, said: “We are thrilled that a figure such as Tony who, like Rugby League, is a huge part of Northern culture has helped us mark a year to go to the tournament with this iconic poem and video – filmed at the RLWC2021 tournament final venue – Old Trafford, Manchester.

‘’Tony captures everything that is great about our game and the tournament, particularly the special way it is woven into the fabric of the North of England and the positive social impact the tournament is delivering.”

“23 October is a day we have all been looking forward to as the one-year countdown begins to the opening match in Newcastle between England and Samoa in 2021. But also, today is a landmark moment not just for the tournament but also the sport of Rugby League as we have the opportunity to welcome many potential future Rugby League fans to the sport through the Public Ticket ballot.”

Dutton added: “The ballot provides a brilliant chance for anybody who wants to attend RLWC2021 and watch the most exciting and competitive Rugby League available and be part of sporting history next autumn.”

“Warrington has a big part to play in next years’ tournament, and with just one year to go, we can feel the excitement and tension mounting as the world’s best will be coming to Warrington.”

“England has a rich history of staging great global sporting events with phenomenal public support. We know the Rugby League World Cup 2021 will be no different and fans will turn out in record numbers to support the event.”


Notes to editors

  • The Rugby League World Cup is the pinnacle major event of rugby league, globally contested every four years. RLWC2021 will be a breakthrough moment in the tournament’s history with the men’s, women’s and wheelchair competitions being staged together for the first time.
  • The three tournaments will take place across 21 venues throughout England. Both the women’s and wheelchair competitions will be contested by two groups of four teams, whilst the men’s tournament will see 16 teams compete across four groups.
  • RLWC2021 will be the most visible rugby league event in history with all 61 games in the men’s, women’s and wheelchair competitions being broadcast live on the BBC.
  • If you miss out on your preferred tickets, the Powerplay option automatically puts you into the ballot for tickets to the same match but in the next price category up. RLWC2021 will run the lowest priced ballots first so if you use Powerplay, your original choice will always be given priority.