Fans of Rugby League across the Midlands were celebrating recently when it was announced that Coventry will play host to the Rugby League Word Cup when it comes to England in 2021. The city’s Ricoh Arena will be hosting action as part of the biggest event in the international Rugby League calendar.
The city will host a group game in the tournament, which will be the first time an RLWC has been played in the region and it is a fantastic opportunity for the region to get behind the game and show the world that Rugby League is alive and kicking in the Midlands.
Councillor Abdul Khan, deputy leader and cabinet member responsible for events at Coventry City Council said: “This is more great news for the city as we welcome another world sporting event to Coventry.
“The city has a great reputation as a host of high profile sporting events as seen by Olympic football, rugby league internationals, national snooker tournaments and international ice hockey all coming here in the last few years.”
Jon Dutton, chief executive, RLWC 2021, said: “We’re extremely excited to see the Ricoh Arena host a significant men’s game during the tournament.
“We’re looking forward to bringing this worldwide tournament to the city at the perfect time alongside the UK City of Culture 2021 programme of events.
“Coventry City Council have worked hard to cement their place in the tournament and with a terrific City partnership and the wider regional plan for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Midlands presents some great opportunities to cultivate and develop interest in both the tournament and the wider sport”.
Details of which game will take place in Coventry and ticketing details will be announced in due course.