England to face Papua New Guinea in World Cup opener

28th November 2016, 10:30

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England to face Papua New Guinea in World Cup opener

The Lionesses will begin their 2017 World Cup journey on November 16.

England will kick off their 2017 Women's Rugby League World Cup campaign with a clash against Papua New Guinea on Thursday, November 16.

The tournament draw will see the three pool rounds played as triple headers on Thursday 16 November, Sunday 19 November and Wednesday 22 November respectively, with the semi-finals to be contested as a double header on Sunday 26 November 2017.

The Pool matches take place at Southern Cross Group Stadium, the home of 2016 NRL Premiers, Cronulla Sharks, with the final taking place as a curtain-raiser to the men's 2017 Rugby League World Cup Final at Brisbane Broncos' Brisbane Stadium on December 2.

England will kick off their 2017 World Cup campaign against Papua New Guinea

The Lionesses will be Europe's only representative next year

RLWC2017 CEO Andrew Hill said: "Interest in Women's Rugby League has never been greater and we want this tournament to provide a platform to showcase these world class athletes and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.

"The two pools are evenly matched and lends itself perfectly to exciting Rugby League.

"Having multiple games on the one day at Southern Cross Group Stadium will create a real festival of Rugby League for teams and fans alike.

"We look forward to welcoming the six competing teams to Australia as they vie for the title of 2017 Women's Rugby League World Cup winners."


Women's Rugby League World Cup 2017 – Tournament Pools

Pool A

Australia

England

Cook Islands

Pool B

New Zealand

Papua New Guinea

Canada

Women's Rugby League World Cup 2017 – Tournament Draw

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Round 1

New Zealand vs Canada Southern Cross Group Stadium, Cronulla

England vs PNG Southern Cross Group Stadium, Cronulla

1 Australia vs Cook Islands Southern Cross Group Stadium, Cronulla

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Round 2

PNG vs Canada Southern Cross Group Stadium, Cronulla

New Zealand vs Cook Islands Southern Cross Group Stadium, Cronulla

Australia vs England Southern Cross Group Stadium, Cronulla

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Round 3

England vs Cook Islands Southern Cross Group Stadium, Cronulla

Australia vs Canada Southern Cross Group Stadium, Cronulla

New Zealand vs PNG Southern Cross Group Stadium, Cronulla

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Semi-Final

1st Pool B vs 2nd Pool A Southern Cross Group Stadium, Cronulla

Semi-Final

1st Pool A vs 2nd Pool B Southern Cross Group Stadium, Cronulla

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Final Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane

Kick-off times TBC

Ticket details for the Women's Rugby League World Cup 2017 matches in Sydney will be announced in due course.

Fans can now purchase tickets for the Finals Day at Brisbane Stadium on 2 December 2017 from RLWC2017.com.