Leeds’ reputation as a major international sporting venue was further strengthened this week as it was announced the city will host 6 teams as part of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.
Leeds will act as the training base for men’s squads from Jamaica and Ireland, and women’s squads from England, Papua New Guinea, Brazil and Canada. The announcement marked 500 days until the opening fixture in October next year.
With fixture locations still to be announced, Leeds is sure to play an important role in the tournament with both Elland Road and the Emerald Headingly Stadium selected as two of the tournament’s venues.
Commenting on the announcement Councillor Judith Blake, Leeds City Council leader, said: “We are incredibly excited that as part of Rugby League World Cup 2021 which is now just 500 days away, six teams in total from both the men’s and women’s tournaments will be based in Leeds.
“This is testament to the tremendous training facilities that we are able to offer as a city through many different sites, which includes as part of this tournament, those available at University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University.
“With two of our city’s most iconic venues Elland Road and Emerald Headingley Stadium also hosting matches as part of Rugby League World Cup 2021, we simply cannot wait to once again showcase Leeds to people from across the world in what promises to be a truly unforgettable tournament.”