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CATEGORIES: Rugby League | Rugby League World Cup | Sport     DATE: Aug 1, 2017 @ 8:38 am

3 Reasons Why This Year’s Rugby League World Cup Is a Must See

The 15th edition of the Rugby League World Cup will bring 300+ of the world’s best players down under this October. Here’s 3 reasons why it’s a must see!

It’s a rare chance to see Rugby League superstars from around the globe in action, some for the last time.

With what you might call a sporadic cycle, the Rugby League World Cup (RLWC) gives us punters a rare chance to see League talent from all over the globe up close. Aside from the occasional international test at home, we rarely get to see stars of the UK Super League or Europe’s premier competitions on our shores. With a competition cycle that can vary anywhere between 2 – 8 years apart, there’s no telling when or if you’ll get to see players such as Remi Casty take the field again.

The 2017 RLWC will also be the international swansong of Rugby League legends such as Johnathan Thurston, and possibly Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith. And we can’t forget Terry Campese. The former Australian international and Canberra Raider will lace up his boots once more when he runs out for the Italian Azzurri, alongside the electric James Tedesco.

If star players don’t have you convinced, then the opportunity to watch unheralded names from the likes of Papua New Guinea and U.S.A should. Their raw talent, differing playing style, and blistering pace will make for exciting matchups against heavyweights Australia and New Zealand.

There’s rare opportunities to gain exclusive access to star players and coaches that you can’t get during other competitions.

If you’ve ever wanted to meet your favourite player in the flesh, or pitch a question to some of the greatest minds in Rugby League, then this is your chance! The 2017 RLWC features numerous events where you can get close to both players and coaches:

Official RLWC2017 Welcome Pre-Game Lunch:
Includes panel discussions with Australian Coach Mal Meninga, England’s coach Wayne Bennet, and other key Rugby League personalities.

Official RLWC2017 3 Day Grand Final Festival:
Includes player appearances and signing sessions, as well as VIP entry into the Grand Final Festival, access to the Official Closing Party, team parades, and live entertainment. This is the place to be during the Finals!

RLWC 2017 Finals Lunch:
The Finals lunch will be your best chance to hear from players before the big game at Brisbane Stadium on December 2. Join the final two men’s and women’s teams as they discuss their journey through the tournament up to this point, and the days ahead as they hope to be crowned World Cup winners.

To get access to the Welcome Pre-Game Lunch & Grand Final Festival check out our Official Travel Packages here, and make the most of your RLWC experience!

It’s the first time a Rugby League World Cup has been hosted across three countries, and it’s set to be the biggest World Cup yet.

The first RLWC consisted of just 4 teams and was held back in 1954, in France of all places. There have been 14 tournaments since then, with just three nations claiming the title (Australia 10 times, Great Britain three times and New Zealand once). The 2017 edition is a slightly different beast, and will be hosted across three nations (Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand) for the first time in history. With 14 teams playing in a total of 28 matches over 5 weeks, across 13 cities, this will without a doubt be the biggest RLWC yet!

Teams come from afar afield as Italy, the U.S.A, and Lebanon (who are currently coached by none other than Brad Fittler). So it go’s without saying that this is a great chance to experience a brilliant mix of cultures in our own backyard, and see how Rugby League is developing around the globe. The beauty of having three host nations also means you can travel as little, or as much as you would like. You could opt to follow the Kangaroos through Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, perhaps over to NZ for a quarter final, and then hopefully to Brisbane for the Final. Or you could decide you want to stay put in Canberra, and watch Australia, France, Fiji, Italy, and Lebanon battle through the pool stages. You could even pop over to Port Moresby for match, or take in Australia v England at the curtain raiser in Melbourne. It’s up to you!

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