Teams learn their fate in RLWC2021 coin toss

The 32 competing national sides across the three competitions which make up the biggest and best Rugby League World Cup 2021 took part in the first significant action of the event – the coin toss.

The coin-toss was originally planned to be held in Manchester but today, exactly a year before (27 November) the Men’s and Women’s double header final at the world famous Old Trafford stadium, the event was conducted virtually to decide the ‘home team’ for all group stage matches.

Wales Rugby League’s CEO Gareth Kear did the calling for Cymru in the online coin toss.

The team winning the toss was allocated the home team dressing room, choice of the arrival time at the venue on match day as well as the traditional Captain’s Run on the day before the matches.

Wales men will be the home team once, against Papua New Guinea, and will be the away team in their second and third games against Tonga and Cook Islands respectively.

The unique and inclusive tournament also embraces the Wheelchair World Cup which will kick off at the iconic Copper Box Arena in London on 11 November 2021. Wales will be the away team in their opening game against France, the home team against USA in game two, then the away team against Scotland in their final group game.

Dean Hardman, the RLWC2021 Tournament Director, said: “We had hoped this ceremony would take place in person but virtually it was just as significant a moment and marks another key milestone as we prepare for the biggest and best RLWC in history.

“The excitement is really starting to build and I am grateful for the participation of all our competing nations for taking part in not only this event but also all the workshops that we have successfully held this week which lay the important foundations for this unique tournament.”

Jon Dutton, Chief Executive of RLWC2021, added: “We have had an exceptional week of engagement with all our competing nations and our brilliant host towns and cities. The anticipation for the excitement that will unfold across all three tournaments next year is clearly evident and this week demonstrates, once again, that the momentum is continuing to grow at pace.”

“On the same day as we delivered globally for all the competing teams, locally we continue to fulfil our promise to create positive social impact. I am extremely proud that this most inclusive of all Rugby League World Cup’s continues to deliver for communities across England with the announcement today that our CreatedBy projects have reached £10 million worth of investment.”

For full and complete fixture list denoting home team, please see below:

RLWC2021 Men’s Tournament
*denotes home team designation

Group A
England v Samoa*
France* v Greece
England* v France
Samoa* v Greece
England v Greece*
Samoa* v France

Group B
Australia v Fiji *
Scotland* v Italy
Australia v Scotland*
Fiji* v Italy
Fiji* v Scotland
Australia v Italy*

Group C
Jamaica* v Ireland
New Zealand* v Lebanon
New Zealand v Jamaica*
Lebanon v Ireland*
New Zealand* v Ireland
Lebanon* v Jamaica

Group D
Tonga* v PNG
Wales* v Cook Islands
Tonga* v Wales
PNG v Cook Islands*
Tonga* vs Cook Islands
PNG* v Wales


RLWC2021 Women’s Tournament

Group A
England v Brazil*
PNG* v Canada
England* v Canada
PNG* v Brazil
Canada* v Brazil
England* v PNG

Group B
New Zealand v France*
Australia* v Cook Islands
New Zealand* v Cook Islands
Australia v France*
France* v Cook Islands
Australia* v New Zealand


RLWC2021 Wheelchair Tournament

Group A
Spain v Norway*
England* v Australia
England v Spain*
Australia v Norway *
Australia v Spain*
England v Norway*

Group B
France* v Wales
Scotland* v USA
France* v Scotland
Wales* v USA
France v USA*
Wales v Scotland*