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England will start the Rugby League 2021 World Cup against Samoa in St James Park in October

England will start the Rugby League 2021 World Cup against Samoa in St James Park in October with the Emirates Stadium to host the first matches outside of football … and all 61 matches will be broadcast on the BBC

  • The schedule for the Rugby League World Cup in England has been announced
  • England will start the tournament in St James’ Park in Newcastle against Samoa
  • Other football stadiums such as the Emirates and the Riverside are also used
  • All 61 games of next year’s competition will be broadcast on the BBC

England will start their Rugby League World Cup 2021 against Samoa at St James’ Park on October 23 after the tournament schedule has been announced.

The competition will be held in 21 locations across the country with a range of football pitches in use, including Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium and Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium – hosting a sport other than football for the first time in its history.

Holder Australia will face Fiji on opening day against Fiji at Hull City’s KCOM stadium, with Scotland v Italy at Kingston Park in Newcastle. Ireland will face Jamaica in Leeds the same day.

England are starting their Rugby League 2021 World Cup against Samoa at St James’ Park

England, led by St Helens star James Graham, hopes to raise the trophy on home soil

England, led by St Helens star James Graham, hopes to raise the trophy on home soil

England, led by St Helens star James Graham, hopes to raise the trophy on home soil

England also face France in Bolton and debutant Greece in Sheffield in Group A.

Rugby League fans can watch every minute of the action for free, as all 61 matches are broadcast on the BBC.

And for the first time in the history of the sport, the World Cup will play tournaments for men, women and wheelchairs simultaneously.

Arsenal's Emirates Stadium also hosts a sport outside of football for the first time in its history

Arsenal's Emirates Stadium also hosts a sport outside of football for the first time in its history

Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium also hosts a sport outside of football for the first time in its history

“This is a huge moment for the tournament,” said CEO Jon Dutton.

Fans are very much looking forward to being part of this unique global event. With confirmed match dates and locations, the excitement will only increase. ‘

England hopes to win the trophy on home soil after the disappointment of losing in the final of the last edition in 2017.

They were defeated by the then hosts Australia with a score of 6-0.

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