World Cup places up for grabs as Super League 2017 kicks off

8th February 2017, 09:36


World Cup places up for grabs as Super League 2017 kicks off

The world’s best players will be vying for Rugby League World Cup 2017 (RLWC2017) selection as Super League kicks off for season 2017 in St Helens, England, on Thursday 9th February 2017.

Players representing twelve clubs will commence their campaign for Super League glory, knowing that each match presents an opportunity to impress national team coaches in a World Cup year.

RLWC2017 CEO Andrew Hill said: “This year’s Rugby League World Cup will be the most competitive ever, with competition for spots in all fourteen World Cup teams at a premium.

“There is no greater honour in sport than to represent your country. As players contest their respective domestic competitions this year, they know national team coaches will be watching intently as they select their squads for mid-season Test matches and ultimately, the Rugby League World Cup.

“I wish all players the best of luck for the 2017 Super League season and we look forward to seeing many in action during the Rugby league World Cup to be played in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea later in the year,” concluded Hill.

The RLWC2017 will see 14 teams, contest 28 games over 5 weeks from 27th October until 2nd December 2017 – all hoping to hold aloft the Paul Barrière Trophy as World Cup Winners.

The fourteen countries who have qualified and their head coach in alphabetical order are: Australia – Mal Meninga; England – Wayne Bennett; Fiji – Mick Potter; France – Aurélien Cologni; Ireland – Mark Aston; Italy – Cameron Ciraldo; Lebanon – Ivan Cleary; New Zealand – David Kidwell; Papua New Guinea – Michael Marum; Scotland – Steve McCormack; Samoa – Matt Parish; Tonga – Kristian Woolf; USA – Brian McDermott; and Wales – John Kear.

The RLWC2017 will be the most watch, most attended and most anticipated Rugby League World Cup ever, being broadcast to a global audience of over 20 million in 110 plus markets, with in excess of 450,000 fans attending matches – which would be a tournament record.

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