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  • General admission tickets on-sale today (Tuesday 6 April at 9:00 AM BST) following a hugely successful pre-sale and ballot process
  • Prices start as low as £2.21 and there’s tickets for all games still available
  • 80% of tickets are priced below £50
  • Competing nations merchandise also launched
  • York will host eight women’s tournament fixtures, including both women’s semi-finals at the LNER Community Stadium.

Today (Tuesday 6 April) marks 200 days to go until the opening fixture of Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021), and to celebrate this milestone, general admission tickets are now officially on sale.

The public in York can now secure their seat for anyone of the 61 fixtures that take place later this year, across the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments that will take place simultaneously for the first time across England.

Fans can now purchase tickets via until Tuesday 1 June, where tickets will go off sale for a three-week period until Monday 21 June for seat assignment. In addition, RLWC2021 has also launched competing nations merchandise which is available via the RLWC2021 Official Shop.

The general sale will see ticket prices starting as low as £2.21 for concessions, and the unique tournament will be one of the most accessible and affordable for fans with more than 80% of tickets priced below £50.

Demand for tickets has already exceeded organisers expectations during the ballot period last year, with several fixtures only having limited availability remaining.

York will host six women’s group stage fixtures, and both semi-finals:

  • New Zealand vs France – Wednesday 10 November at 17:00
  • Australia vs Cook Islands – Wednesday 10 November at 19:30
  • New Zealand vs Cook Islands – Sunday 14 November at 17:00
  • Australia vs France – Sunday 14 November at 19:30
  • France vs Cook Islands – Thursday 18 November at 17:00
  • Australia vs New Zealand – Thursday 18 November at 19:30
  • Semi-final 1: Group B Winner vs Group A Runner-Up – Monday 22 November at 17:00
  • Semi-final 2: Group A Winner vs Group B Runner-Up – Monday 22 November at 19:30
Host York Landscape

Fans who have been starved of live sporting actions since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic have the opportunity to experience the pinnacle of Rugby League surrounded by full stadiums. RLWC2021 are working alongside UK governing bodies to deliver a restriction free tournament.

Greg Dyke, Chair of Make It York, said:

“We are delighted that York will be playing such a key role in the Rugby League World Cup 2021 – with tickets now on sale for what is set to be a fantastic line up of fixtures held right here in the LNER Community Stadium.

“The event will provide a real boost to the city, showcasing York on the international stage and bringing some of the biggest names in the sport here to experience what our city has to

offer. With 200 days until the tournament kicks off, we can’t wait to welcome players and fans alike to our city for this prestigious event.”

Jon Dutton, Chief Executive of RLWC2021, said:

“This is a momentous day for the tournament as general admission tickets go on sale to the public. York has a big part to play at RLWC2021, as they get ready to host eight women’s tournament fixtures at the LNER Community Stadium, including both semi-finals.

“The last year or so has been an incredibly challenging one for everyone, including fans deprived of seeing live events, and to be able to go on sale for what promises to be the biggest and best Rugby League World Cup in history is very exciting.

“The countdown is well and truly on, and fans from all of our incredible host cities can feel the excitement building, with general sale being the latest milestone passed on the road to RLWC2021.

“With the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournament tickets going on sale today, there are so many amazing fixtures for fans to secure their seats to, giving them a chance to be involved in what is sure to be a fantastic World Cup. There is a real opportunity for them to not only support their own nation, but also the realistic and affordable possibility of seeing some of the other high-profile games and maybe adopting a second team in the tournament.”

Councillor Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism said:

“This past year we have all been missing big events and the 2021 Rugby League World Cup gives us all something to look forward to later this year.

“If you haven’t yet booked tickets I would urge you to be there to witness some incredible games in the fantastic new LNER Community Stadium. Later this year the city will be welcoming world-class athletes to our great city which will inspire and offer fantastic entertainment for all.”

Jon Flatman, Chairman of York City Knights said:

“With just 200 days to go until the Rugby League World Cup 2021 tournament begins we are incredibly excited to play host to a fantastic line up of fixtures, including the Women’s Semi-Finals. This event is massive for our city – bringing talented athletes from around the world here to York as part of a tournament with huge global reach and a strong community-led approach. Ensuring a long-lasting legacy for the sport and the wider community here in York will be absolutely key for this event and we look forward to working with RLWC and partners across the city to develop plans for this over the coming months.”

Tournament organisers have also issued a ticket refund guarantee for all ticket buyers should there be restrictions on crowds at the event and to reassure fans in the unfortunate circumstance the event has to be cancelled. More information is available here:

Premium seats and Hospitality experiences are still on sale and available for all matches and will give fans the opportunity to secure a place at the tournament in addition to enjoying the best match day experience each venue has to offer. More details available at the

Fans can also secure their ticket through booking their Squad Trip including accommodation and experiences all in one place – making it easy to plan your trip and giving you a great choice across our host towns and cities. Squad Trips available via

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Notes to Editor

Make It York

Make It York’s purpose is to develop and promote the city and its surroundings – nationally and internationally – as a vibrant and attractive place to live, visit, study, work and do business. The company’s remit covers leisure and business tourism, city centre management, festivals and events, business support and inward investment.

One of Make It York’s strategic aims is to promote York as a brilliant place to do business, helping to support business growth and innovation across a range of business sectors, such as financial & professional services, rail and high value manufacturing and to stimulate greater inward investment.

For further information please contact:
Amy Goodman – Consumer Communications Manager Email:

About Rugby League World Cup 2021

The Rugby League World Cup is the pinnacle major event of rugby league, globally contested every four years. RLWC2021 will be a breakthrough moment in the tournament’s history with the men’s, women’s and wheelchair competitions being staged together for the first time.

The three tournaments will take place across 21 venues throughout England. Both the women’s and wheelchair competitions will be contested by two groups of four teams, whilst the men’s tournament will see 16 teams compete across four groups.

RLWC2021 will be the most visible Rugby League event in history with all 61 games in the men’s, women’s and wheelchair competitions being broadcast live on the BBC.

Mission: Creating inspirational moments that excite, engage and leave a long-lasting legacy.
Vision: Delivering the biggest and best ever Rugby League World Cup.