There are just two years to go before the world’s best rugby league teams play in the final of the Rugby League World Cup 2017.
The RLWC2017 will be officially co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand from October to December in 2017, with the world’s best players from the world’s best 14 nations competing to become world champions. It will be the third time New Zealand has co-hosted the tournament.
There will be 28 matches in the tournament played across three countries. Three pool matches will be played in Port Moresby, while the remaining matches in the tournament will be allocated following consultation with potential host cities in Australia and New Zealand.
To mark the two-year milestone Rugby League World Cup 2017 Chief Executive Officer, Michael Brown, revealed the new tournament logo today.
New Zealand stars from the national team joined players at a local rugby league clinic in Auckland to celebrate the milestone.
“Rugby league has never been stronger in Australia, New Zealand and around the world with more people watching and playing the game than ever before,” Mr Brown said.
“We want the Rugby League World Cup to be a great celebration – not just for the players but we want to celebrate the diversity of the countries and cultures playing the game.
“It is important we give fans of all the nations playing in the Rugby League World Cup the opportunity to be part of a great experience and we want them to bring their culture, their heritage and their passion to the games.
“The logo we have revealed today represents the diversity of the hosting partners – Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea and also represents the speed and movement of the game.
“The Rugby League World Cup is the pinnacle event on the international calendar and I know players are passionate about representing their country on the world stage,” Mr Brown said.
The RLWC2017 logo was designed in consultation with Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea cultural leaders. It represents the movement, agility and power of the sport and blends together the trophy as the ultimate prize of the event, the colours of the host nations and their cultures.
“To make this tournament a true celebration of diversity, we also want to play the Women’s World Cup at the same time as the men’s. With more than 180,000 women and girls now playing and over 2.1 million female fans following the game in Australia alone, there is no better time to celebrate the women’s game,” Mr Brown said.
Rugby League in New Zealand
New Zealand’s national rugby league team are known as ‘The Kiwis’ and they are the current Four Nation champions and ranked as the number one team in the world.
Rugby League is a variant of union and is a popular game played all over the country.
As well as local competitions, New Zealand also has a team that plays in the National Rugby League (NRL) competition in Australia. The New Zealand Warriors enjoy a massive following both at home and in Australia and boast superstar players Manu Vatuvei and Shaun Johnson who are both members of the Kiwi Rugby League team.