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Experience the Rugby League World Cup at York's LNER Community Stadium

York is proud to be one of 18 host cities and towns in what will be the biggest, best and most inclusive Rugby League World Cup in history!

For the first time in the sport’s history, the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments will all be played at the same time in a BIGGER and BETTER Rugby League World Cup. The former Rugby League World Cup Champions, the New Zealand Kiwis Men's team, who are currently ranked world Number 1 in the International Rugby League, are staying in York for the duration of this year’s tournament.

York is also proudly hosting the Women's teams from Australia, Cook Islands, France and New Zealand. The Women’s Rugby League World Cup title will be contested by eight teams, the highest number in the tournament’s history. Since its inception, the tournament has only ever been won by two teams. New Zealand have taken home the trophy a record three times, while Australia have won the title twice including the most recent final in 2017.

York is also home to more women's games than any other host venue, including the women's double-header semi-final here at LNER Community Stadium in November. York will host eight women’s matches, including the double-header semi-final at LNER Community Stadium:

2 Nov: New Zealand vs France at 17:00

2 Nov: Australia vs Cook Islands at 19:30

6 Nov: New Zealand vs Cook Islands at 17:00

6 Nov: Australia vs France at 19:30

10 Nov: France vs Cook Islands at 17:00

10 Nov: Australia vs New Zealand at 19:30

14 Nov: Semi-Final 1 at 17:00

14 Nov: Semi-Final 2 at 19:30

For thrilling matches, elite athletes and world-class sporting action, find out more information on the Rugby League World Cup 2021 hub on the Visit York website.

Travelling to York

If you’re travelling to York from afar, arrive in style, comfort and in a more environmentally friendly way on an LNER train. The Azuma trains can reach up to speeds of 125mph so you will be at the match in no time.

Arriving in York

When you arrive at York Station, you’ll be right in the centre of York, ready to explore or, be able to get a direct bus to Monks Cross where the LNER Community Stadium is based. To get to the LNER Community Stadium you will need to be on the York Park & Ride Bus, Number 9 service which leaves the station approximately every 10 minutes to Monks Cross. Please refer to the York Park & Ride website for more precise journey times. Tickets can be purchased on board or via the First Bus APP.

If you are planning on extending your trip beyond the games in York, here’s some real Yorkshire gems according to the team at LNER:

York Minster

At the heart of York’s city centre, York Minster is one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals. Whether you have time for a visit, guided tour or simply a walk around the exterior, it’s an experience you don’t want to miss out on.

Clifford’s Tower

Providing you with a 360-degree view of York, you can become immersed in the culture and history of the city through its skyline.


York’s most iconic street which has been the backdrop for blockbuster films and award-winning books. Indulge in some shopping whilst admiring this medieval street.

York City Walls

If you’d like to stretch your legs, York’s City Walls encircle the city and give you a great view of key landmarks. You can also enter and exit the City Walls near the station.

The Visit York Pass

The Visit York Pass allows you to visit a number of attractions over a period of time where you can choose either a one, two, three or six day pass. Choose from more than 40 York and beyond attractions and hidden gems. The Visit York Pass is digital so all you need is your phone to unlock the benefits and the one ticket is all you will need.

Buy Tickets

Tickets for the event are on sale now with adult tickets starting from just £10 and £2.21 for under 16’s. 

Secure your place now and see the best teams from around the world clash in the unmissable event of this year.

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