The Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) has today confirmed the nations that will be competing in the first Physical Disability Rugby League (PDRL) World Cup showcase that will take place this October.

Held in Warrington between 23 and 30 October, the tournament will see England, Wales, New Zealand and Australia face off at Victoria Park. Group stage matches will take place on 23, 25, and 28 October, with the final held on 30 October in the Halliwell Jones Stadium following the Samoa v France game.

Jon Dutton, chief executive of RLWC2021, said: “RLWC2021 is committed to being the biggest, best and most inclusive Rugby League World Cup in history, and hosting a PDRL World Cup showcase event alongside the Men’s, Women’s and Wheelchair tournaments is just one of the ways we are bringing that commitment to life.

“We are proud to provide the platform for a PDRL World Cup showcase event, and we hope that the sport may follow Wheelchair Rugby League, which featured in the RLWC2017 as a showcase event and is now a cemented feature within the RLWC2021 tournament.

“In terms of hosting the PDRL World Cup showcase event, I can think of no better host than Warrington. The town is synonymous with our sport, and their support for PDRL via the Warrington Wolves Foundation is exemplary.”

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Adam Hills, RLWC2021 tournament ambassador, said: “I’ve been looking forward to playing in the PDRL World Cup for a long time, and now the nations and fixture dates have been confirmed it’s feeling very real.

“To have the tournament in this country and as part of the RLWC2021 is a brilliant opportunity to really raise the profile of this fantastic game, and hopefully encourage more people with a physical disability to get involved. I’m proud to be an ambassador for a tournament as inclusive as the RLWC2021, and I’m looking forward to personally revealing more about the PDRL World Cup soon!”

To purchase tickets or learn more about the event, visit the RLWC website.

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