RLWC2017 Chief Executive Officer, Michael Brown, said the support of the Papua New Guinea Government and the City of Port Moresby has ensured that Rugby League fans of PNG will have access to the World Cup. “Rugby League is the national sport in Papua New Guinea and we know the country’s passionate Rugby League fans will embrace hosting the sport’s pinnacle event.” “In planning this Tournament, the Organising Committee made a deliberate decision to take the Rugby League World Cup to more fans than any World Cup has done before.
With the support of the Papua New Guinea Government and the City of Port Moresby, we will give fans in PNG an opportunity to attend three exciting World Cup games and experience what will be a festival of Rugby League. “The Rugby League World Cup 2017 will be the greatest sporting event in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea next year and we look forward to delivering an event that will entertain the world, inspire communities and celebrate Rugby League.”
In October 2015, the RLWC 2017 Organising Committee confirmed Papua New Guinea would host the Kumuls three pool matches to make the World Cup accessible to more people than ever and further support the growth of Rugby League throughout the region. The RLWC2017 will see 14 teams play 28 games over five weeks from 27 October until 2 December 2017 – all hoping to be crowned world champions. With 11 teams already confirmed, the final three teams will come from the European Qualifying Tournament to be played in October and November this year. The teams who are still in the race include Wales, Ireland, Russia, Serbia, Italy and Spain.