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2021 World Cup

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    Registered Users Posts: 14,967 ✭✭✭✭ The Lost Sheep

    Tonga will join New Zealand as top seeds alongside England and Australia in an expanded Rugby League World Cup format in 2021.
    Changes announced following a four-day congress of the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF)
    The World Cup has been increased from 14 to 16 teams, making for a simpler format, with the top two teams from each of the four pools going through to the quarter-finals.
    The draws for all three World Cups, including the women's and wheelchair events, will be made in England on November 27, 2019
    The second pot will feature tier two teams Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Fiji, and Lebanon, who all qualified automatically after reaching the last eight of the 2017 tournament

    The final two pots will feature qualifiers, based on their world ranking, including the two most recently qualified sides, France and Wales.

    After failing to win through from the European championship, Ireland and Scotland hope to secure qualification at the second attempt in 2019, while the United States, Chile, Jamaica, and Canada will provide one qualifier from the Americas championship in Jacksonville this week.


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