The fixture list for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, to be held in this country, has now been released.

The region will host several key matches in the tournament. Langtree Park, St Helens will see the famous Australian ‘Green & Golds’ in town when they meet Fiji in a Group A match on November 2nd.

The Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington will stage a battle of the Pacific between holders New Zealand and Samoa in Group B on October 27th before hosting a Quarter-Final on 17th November.

The DW Stadium, Wigan will stage a Quarter Final on November 16th, whilst the Leigh Sports Village will host Tonga V Cook Islands on 5th November.

England begin their campaign for World Cup glory against the old foe Australia in a double -header which kicks off the tornament at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on October 26th, which also includes Wales V Italy. England then go on to play Ireland at the Galpharm Stadium in Huddersfield on November 2nd and Fiji at the KC Stadium in Hull on 9th November.

The semi-finals of the tournament will be held at Wembley in a double-header on November 23rd with the World Cup Final at Old Trafford, Manchester on the 30th November.

The full fixture list of the 14-team tournament, one of the events which makes up Britain’s ‘Golden Decade of Sport’ can be seen below:

Group Games – Round One

1. Saturday 26th October Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Australia v England Group A
2. Saturday 26th October Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Wales v Italy Group C/D
3. Sunday 27th October MS3 Craven Park, Hull, Papua New Guinea v France Group B
4. Sunday 27th October Halliwell Jones, Warrington, New Zealand v Samoa Group B
5. Monday 28th October Spotland Stadium, Rochdale, Fiji v Ireland Group A
6. Tuesday 29th October Derwent Park, Workington, Tonga v Scotland Group C
7. Wednesday 30th October Memorial Stadium, Bristol, USA v Cook Islands Group D

Group Games – Round Two

8. Friday 1st November Parc des Sports, Avignon, New Zealand v France Group B
9. Saturday 2nd November Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield, England v Ireland Group A
10. Saturday 2nd November Langtree Park, St Helens Australia v Fiji Group A
11. Sunday 3rd November Glyndŵr University RS, Wrexham, Wales v USA Group D
12. Sunday 3rd November Derwent Park, Workington, Scotland v Italy Group C
13. Monday 4th November MS3 Craven Park, Hull, Papua New Guinea v Samoa Group B
14. Tuesday 5th November Leigh Sports Village, Tonga v Cook Islands Group C/D

Group Games – Round Three

15. Thursday 7th November Salford City Stadium, Scotland v USA Group C/D
16. Friday 8th November Headingley Carnegie, Leeds, New Zealand v Papua New Guinea Group B
17. Saturday 9th November KC Stadium, Hull, England v Fiji Group A
18. Saturday 9th November Thomond Park, Limerick, Australia v Ireland Group A
19. Sunday 10th November The Gnoll, Neath, Wales v Cook Islands Group D
20. Sunday 10th November The Shay, Halifax, Tonga v Italy Group C
21. Monday 11th November Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan, France v Samoa Group B


22. Friday 15th November Headingley Carnegie, Leeds, Winner B v Winner C QF1
23. Saturday 16th November Glyndŵr University RS, Wrexham, Winner A v Winner D QF2
24. Saturday 16th November DW Stadium, Wigan, Runner Up A v 3rd Place B QF3
25. Sunday 17th November Halliwell Jones, Warrington, Runner Up B v 3rd Place A QF4


26. Saturday 23rd November Wembley Stadium, London, Winner Q/F 2 v Winner Q/F 4 SF1
27. Saturday 23rd November Wembley Stadium, London, Winner Q/F 1 v Winner Q/F 3 SF2

The Rugby League World Cup Final

28. Saturday 30th November Old Trafford, Manchester, Winner S/F 1 v Winner S/F 2


Simon Mulligan