It's a huge day for one of our clients as Rugby League World Cup 2021 in England celebrates 365 days to go with the general release of tickets to the public. From today, anyone can apply for tickets to the sixteenth staging of the tournament, as the hosts hope to win (alone) for the first time!
Assemble your squad for the biggest and best Rugby League World Cup ever!— Rugby League World Cup 2021 (@RLWC2021) October 19, 2020
Apply for your ticket in the public ballot from Friday 23 October.
Register and create your account now and be ready 🔗 https://t.co/OraFzK5GId #SquadsAssemble #RLWC2021 pic.twitter.com/gStdUXxb1e
Here at WeTrack we love our clients' events and so we dived into the history of the tournament, since its inception in 1954. Let's skip the stats, as Australia have won 11 of the 15 editions of the men's tournament! Perhaps 2021 will be a year of surprise with 2017's semi-finalists Fiji and Tonga hoping to go one better, and competition debutants Jamaica and Greece hoping to cause a stir.
There have been moments of immense drama and controversy at the World Cup, perhaps most notably 'The Greatest Try Never Scored' during the 1972 final between Australia and Great Britain. Australian half-back Dennis Ward sent up an up-and-under which Graeme Langlands chased, eventually catching it while diving full-length over the try line. It would probably still be the best try ever scored at a Rugby League World Cup to this day had it not been wrongly disallowed for offside by the French referee! Watch it here, from three minutes thirty seconds:
What drama will 2021 bring us?
In 2017, the men's tournament was hosted and won by Australia, triumphing 6-0 over England in the final. New Zealand were the victim of the two most shocking results, losing 28-22 to Tonga and 4-2 to Fiji (sounds like a thriller...).
Since 2000, there have been women's, students' and wheelchair competitions, and England 2021 will bring them all together in one festival of sport. England will also be looking for their first win in the women's tournament, having reached the semi-finals at the previous three editions. The opening ceremony will be held at St James' Park in Newcastle, on October 23rd 2021, and here at WeTrack we can't wait. Well done RLWC2021 and good luck for the next year!
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