RLWC – Rugby League World Cup: Where to watch, live, complete schedule, start time, TV Channel, draw, predictions, Preview everything

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The Rugby League World Cup has finally arrived in England, 12 months after it was supposed to begin. The tournament’s 2021 edition has been postponed due to a new wave of COVID restrictions and the impossibility of teams such as Australia and New Zealand coming to the UK.

In 2022, the men’s, women’s, and wheelchair competitions will all be held concurrently for the first time in RLWC history.

Rugby League World Cup 2022 is the 16th edition of the League Cup, which will take place this year. This season, all 16 teams are ready to compete for the League championship. England will host the competition this year. The League Cup for 2021 will begin on October 15, 2022, and will continue until November 19, 2022.

How to Watch the Rugby League World Cup 2022:

The BBC will broadcast the 2022 Rugby League World Cup in the United Kingdom. They will broadcast all 61 matches from the Men’s, Women’s, and Wheelchair World Cup events on their TV and internet networks. All 31 Men’s World Cup matches will also be live-streamed on the OUR LEAGUE app. Australia is the current World Cup winner, having won the tournament in 2017.

The Rugby League World Cup, or RLWC, will begin in England later this year, and it is rapidly coming. It will, however, only be available for streaming in the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. As a result, if you enjoy this activity and want to see all of the action during the tournament, this article will walk you through the process in a few steps.

The BBC’s television and digital platforms will broadcast all 61 matches live, and FTA partners in other areas have also been identified.

All of these live-streamed games can be viewed on a variety of devices, from smartphones and tablets to laptops and beyond, so you won’t miss a beat while on the go.

This season, the matches will be contested in parallel with the Women’s and Wheelchair tournaments for the first time. There will be 61 matches in all during the event. All tournament matches will be streamed live on the official broadcasting partners.

The competition has arrived, and a new champion will be crowned in the coming weeks, allowing organizers to breathe a sigh of relief.

Australia arrives as the squad to beat, having won 11 titles in 15 previous tournaments. The only other active team to have won a trophy is New Zealand, which did so in 2008, while the dissolved Great Britain squad won three editions between 1954 and 1972.

Fans around the world will be eager to watch the tournament on TV, and the good news for British fans is that they can do so for free thanks to the BBC’s extensive coverage.

RadioTimes.com has all the information you need to know about watching the Rugby League World Cup, including BBC TV and online coverage information, as well as confirmed TV information for group stage games.

Rugby League World Cup on Television:

Every Rugby League World Cup match will be broadcast live on BBC across its different channels and digital platforms.

Home nations and larger confrontations will be carried on BBC One, BBC Two, and BBC Three, while many of the other games will be shown on BBC Red Button.

Opening Ceremony of the Rugby League World Cup:

The opening ceremony for the men’s tournament will take place on October 15, 2022, at St James’ Park in Newcastle.

Newcastle will host the Rugby League World Cup’s opening game and ceremony in 2021.

The selection of St James’ Park as a venue for the tournament adds to the city’s growing reputation as a destination for rugby tournaments and supporters.

The Magic Weekend, the largest event of the year in club rugby league, was held at St James’ for four years, and a number of other high-profile matches are scheduled for this year.

When is the New Zealand Kiwis Rugby League World Cup, where can you watch it live, and how can you watch it?

The New Zealand Rugby League has unveiled its expanded squad for the 2022 World Cup.

While the event is scheduled for October, the Kiwis’ top 38 squads have been announced as the NZRL prepares for a Pacific Test and Trans-Tasman showdown in June.

The game will be held this Saturday at Suncorp Stadium, also known as ‘Brisbane Stadium’ during the World Cup.

The game begins at 7 pm AEST (8 pm AEDT).

Rugby League World Cup Draw

Group AGroup BGroup CGroup D
EnglandAustralia KangaroosNew Zealand KiwisTonga
Les Bleus FranceFiji BatiLebanon CedarsPNG Kumuls
Toa SamoaBravehearts ScotlandJamaicaWales Dragons
Titans GreeceAzzurri ItalyIrelandCook Islands


Schedules for Men’s, women’s, and wheelchair competitions:

Full Complete Schedules RLWC.

Saturday, October 15th


Samoa vs. England (14:30 BST)

Fiji vs. Australia (19:30 BST)

Sunday, October 16th


Italy vs. Scotland (14:30 BST)

Ireland vs. Jamaica (17:00 BST)

Lebanon vs. New Zealand (19:30 BST)

Monday, October 17th


France vs Greece (19:30 BST)

Tuesday, October 18th


Papua New Guinea vs. Tonga (19:30 BST)

Wednesday, October 19th


Cook Islands vs. Wales (19:30 BST)

Friday, October 21st


Scotland vs. Australia (19:30 BST)

Saturday, October 22nd


Italy vs. Fiji (14:30 BST)

France vs. England (17:00 BST)

Jamaica vs. New Zealand (19:30 BST)

Sunday, October 23rd


Ireland vs. Lebanon (14:30 BST)

Greece vs. Samoa (17:00 BST)

Monday, October 24th


Wales vs. Tonga (19:30 BST)

Tuesday, October 25th


Cook Islands vs. Papua New Guinea (19:30 BST)

Friday, October 28th


Ireland vs. New Zealand (19:30 BST)

Saturday, October 29th


Greece vs. England (14:30 BST)

Scotland vs. Fiji (17:00 BST)

Italy vs. Australia (19:30 BST)

Sunday, October 30th


Lebanon vs Jamaica (12:00 GMT)

Cook Islands vs. Tonga (14:30 GMT)

France vs. Samoa (17:00 GMT)

Monday, October 31st


Wales vs. Papua New Guinea (19:30 GMT)

Tuesday, November 1st


Brazil vs. England (14:30 GMT)

Canada vs. Papua New Guinea (17:00 GMT)

Wednesday, November 2nd


France vs. New Zealand (17:00 GMT)

Australia vs the Cook Islands (19:30 GMT)

Thursday, November 3rd

Spain vs Ireland (17:00 GMT)

England vs Australia (19:30 GMT)

Thursday, November 4th


1st Qualifying Round (19:30 GMT)


France vs Wales (11:00 GMT)

Scotland vs. the United States (13:30 GMT)

The 5th of November


2nd quarter-final (14:30 GMT)

3rd quarter-final (19:30 GMT)


England versus Canada (12:00 GMT)

Brazil vs. Papua New Guinea (17:00 GMT)

Sunday, November 6th


4th quarter-final (14:30 GMT)


Cook Islands vs. New Zealand (17:00 GMT)

France vs. Australia (19:30 GMT)


England versus Spain (12:00 GMT)

Ireland vs. Australia (14:30 GMT)

Monday, November 7th


France vs Scotland (17:00 GMT)

Wales vs. the United States (19:30 GMT)

Wednesday, November 9th


Brazil vs. Canada (17:00 GMT)

Papua New Guinea vs. England (19:30 GMT)


Spain vs. Australia (11:00 GMT)

England versus Ireland (13:30 GMT)

Thursday, November 10th


France vs. the Cook Islands (17:00 BST)

New Zealand vs. Australia (19:30 BST)


France vs. the United States (11:00 GMT)

Scotland vs. Wales (13:30 GMT)

Friday, November 11th


1st semi-final (19:45 GMT)

Saturday, November 12th


2nd semi-final (14:30 GMT)

Sunday, November 13th


1st semi-final (12:00 GMT)

2nd semi-final (14:30 GMT)

Monday, November 14th


1st semi-final (17:00 GMT)

2nd semi-final (19:30 GMT)

Friday, November 18th


Final (19:30 GMT) (19:30 GMT)

Saturday, November 19th


Final (16:00 GMT) (16:00 GMT)

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Group-by-group preview of the Men’s Rugby League World Cup:



  • Coach: Shaun Wane
  • Captain: Sam Tomkins
  • Runners-up (1975, 1995, and 2017)

What’s good for the hosts? Australia and New Zealand are on opposing teams in the draw. What’s the bad news? They’re in the same group as the heavily favoured Samoans, who they’ll face in the tournament opener in Newcastle on Saturday. If they win it, they will be confident of making the semi-finals with no fuss. If they lose, they will face Tonga in the quarter-finals. Breakthrough players like Jack Welsby and Dom Young will be crucial to how a new-look England performs.

Will be Runners-up our prediction


  • Matt Parish is the coach.
  • Junior Paulo is the captain.
  • Previous high point: quarter-finals (2000, 2013, 2017)

With a handful of notable NRL players switching allegiances to Samoa for the competition, there is now a fifth side with a legitimate shot at the crown. They have never advanced past the last eight, but are widely expected to do so. Matt Parish is adamant that his team will need time to develop, but they are the betting favourites for the first game against England. If Samoa wins, everyone will be talking about it.

Quarter-finals are expected.


  • Laurent Frayssinous is the coach.
  • Captain: Benjamin Garcia
  • Runners-up to previous best: (1954, 1968)

With two of the world’s finest teams and the debuting Greeks in Group A, third place appears to be France’s best bet. Because to Toulouse’s Super League season, they now have a roster made up entirely of full-time professionals for the first time. Catalans’ exciting young talent, such as Arthur Mourgue, means they are capable of a shock, but qualifying from the group will be extremely difficult.
Prediction: third place in the group


  • Steve Georgallis is the coach.
  • Jordan Meads is the captain.
  • Previous high point: debut

Given the Titans’ substantial Greek presence in Australia, it’s somewhat surprising they’ve never made it to the World Cup. But they’ve made amends and will no doubt provide lots of amusement. Their squad is a combination of lower-tier Australian talent and domestic, Greek-born players, led by Jordan Meads, who has temporarily switched codes to represent his family roots. They will not qualify from Group A, but they will be an interesting story to follow.

Prediction: fourth place in the group 



  • Mal Meninga is the coach.
  • James Tedesco is the captain.
  • Winners of the previous best: (11 times)

Despite facing stiffer opposition than ever before, the smart money believes Australia’s record-breaking 11 World Cup championships might be extended to 12. The Kangaroos are ranked fourth in the world, however this is owing to a lack of enthusiasm to play games in recent years. Having said that, their side of NRL superstars, led by South Sydney maverick Latrell Mitchell, are the clear favourites to reclaim the championship in mid-November.

Champion Prediction


  • Joe Dakuitoga is the coach.
  • Kevin Naiqama is the captain.
  • Semi-finals were the previous best (2008, 2013, 2017)

Fiji has reached the World Cup semi-finals in three of the last four tournaments, but the chances of it happening again this season appear remote. The rise of Samoa and Tonga has pushed them down the rankings, and a 50-0 loss to England last Friday provided little reason for confidence. Their key players, like Penrith’s Viliame Kikau, will be vital in whether they reach the last four again, although unlike in previous years, it would be considered an upset.

Quarter-finals are expected.


  • Nathan Graham is the coach.
  • Dale Ferguson is the captain.
  • Previous high point: quarter-finals (2013)

Scotland’s march to the World Cup quarterfinals in England nine years ago delivered plenty of unforgettable moments. However, because they were drawn with Australia and Fiji, getting out of Group B would be much more impressive. Their squad includes recognized talent, such as long-serving NRL forward Euan Aitken. With several players from England’s lower leagues, the Bravehearts may find leaving the group too difficult.

Prediction: third place in the group 


  • Leo Epifania is the coach.
  • Nathan Brown, Captain 
  • Previous best: Group stages (2013, 2017)

The Azzurri are competing in their third World Cup in a row, but have been dealt a tough draw. Being paired with the incumbent champions, Australia, is difficult enough, but being paired with Fiji and Scotland further limits their prospects of qualifying from Group B. The presence of several players from the Italian domestic scene implies that rugby league is growing in the country, although they will only be able to play three group games.

Prediction: fourth place in the group

Group C

New Zealand

  • Michael Maguire is the coach.
  • Jesse Bromwich is the captain.
  • Champions were the previous best (2008)

With Australia’s domination in this tournament and the rise of Samoa and Tonga, New Zealand may be the one important team that everyone is neglecting. That is a hazardous game to play, as their victory in the 2008 final demonstrated. They should easily top Group C, but they must defeat the Kangaroos to advance to the final. They have the talent, led by the Bromwich brothers, Jesse and Kenny, to pull off another upset.

Semi-finalists are predicted.


  • Michael Cheika is the head coach.
  • Mitchell Moses is the captain.
  • Previous high point: quarter-finals (2017)

Lebanon has significant experience guiding them into combat after appearances in 2000 and 2017. Michael Cheika will take a break from coaching Argentina’s rugby union team to lead the Cedars, honoring his family’s Lebanese ancestry. They will want to get out of Group C as well, but if they do, they will play on the same weekend as Argentina plays England at Twickenham.

Prediction: third place in the group


  • Ged Corcoran is head coach.
  • George King is the captain.
  • Previous high point: quarter-finals (2000, 2008)

While Scotland and Wales appear to be underdogs in their respective groups, Ireland will be quietly confident. The team is rich in Super League and NRL ability, with former England international Richie Myler joining the Wolfhounds. Their match against Lebanon appears to be the one that will determine who joins New Zealand in the final eight.

Prediction: Semifinalists


  • Captain: Ashton Golding
  • Coach: Romeo Monteith
  • The debut was the previous best.

Jamaica’s debut is probably the tournament’s feel-good tale. It is only the second time a Jamaican team has qualified for a World Cup, but they must do all possible to advance from Group C. Although Romeo Monteith’s team deserves credit for fielding six domestic-based players, the Reggae Warriors’ dream run to the quarter-finals may be a step too far.

Prediction: fourth place in the group

Group D


  • Kristian Woolf is the coach,
  • Jason Taumalolo is the captain.
  • Semi-finals were the previous best (2017)

The story of the 2017 World Cup was Tonga. The sight of Auckland’s Mount Smart Stadium packed with their fans will live long in the memory, and they will be hoping for a repeat of their journey to the semi-finals. Kristian Woolf, who recently led St Helens to their fourth consecutive Super League victory, will be in command of a talented group, but they will almost certainly have to beat England and Samoa to reach the final.

Semi-finalists are predicted.

Papua New Guinea

  • Stanley Tepend is the coach 
  • Rhyse Martin is the captain.
  • Previous high point: quarter-finals (2000, 2017)

The two-time quarterfinalists are considered the favourites to join Tonga in qualifying from Group D. The customary mix of top-tier quality – led by South Sydney’s Alex Johnston – and domestic-based PNG players mean’s the Kumuls are more than capable of pulling off an upset. They’ll entertain, but you have a feeling the teams they’ll face in the knockout stages will be too much for them.

Quarter-finals are expected.

Cook Islands

  • Tony Iro is the  Coach
  • Brad Takairangi is the captain.
  • Best previously: Group stages (2000, 2013)

Having never qualified for the knockout stages, the Cook Islands’ first goal will be to finish ahead of Papua New Guinea and Wales. They have the players to do so, with Super League regulars such as Dylan Napa and Huddersfield-bound Esan Marsters putting them on the map. Anything beyond that, though, would be a great surprise.

Prediction: third place in the group


  • The coach is John Kear
  • The captain is Elliot Kear
  • Semi-finals(1995, 2000)

This might be a humbling experience for a young Wales team. Only two of their 24-man roster are Super League players, with the remainder coming from English lower leagues and Australian territory competitions. It is a squad with one eye on the future, but any chances of reaching the quarter-finals are slim. Their seasoned coach, John Kear, who guided Sheffield to the Challenge Cup in 1998, is no stranger to surprises, but qualifying from Group D would be a massive upset.

Prediction: fourth place in the group

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