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Rugby League World Cup 2021 ~ Men’s World Cup Semi-Final: England v Samoa at Emirates Stadium

🏉 The Rugby League World Cup 2021 is at the business end with London set to host England in semi-final action against Samao at Emirates Stadium.  Tickets are available!  See below for details on how to purchase.

The waiting is over for the Rugby League World Cup 2021 after it was postponed last year due to Covid-19.  History will be made as for the first time the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments take place within one tournament.  61 matches will be played at venues across England between Saturday 15 October and Saturday 19 November 2021.  Rugby League World Cup matches in London take place between Thursday 3 and Sunday 12 November.  

Matches in the capital take place at the Emirates Stadium and Copper Box Arena which host a men’s semi-final and the Group A wheelchair matches (England’s group) respectively.


England made a stunning start in the men’s tournament beating Samoa 60-6 in their opening World Cup match, followed by a 42-18 victory over France and a 94-4 demolition of Greece.  Three wins from three saw England move into the quarter-finals as group winners to face Papua New Guinea who were duly thrashed 46-6 with Tommy Makinson becoming the first player to score five tries in a Test match for England.  Makinson, along with fellow wing Dom Young, have been superb for England so far.  

Next up for England a place in the second semi-final taking place at Emirates Stadium this Saturday 12 November at 2.30pm.  Standing in between England and a place in the final are Samao who beat Tonga 20-18 in a bruising quarter-final encounter.  Limited tickets are still available here for the semi-final in north London starting from £30 Adults/£15 Concessions (Children/Students).

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Meanwhile in the wheelchair tournament England’s Group A opener against Australia captivated the Copper Box crowd with the hosts winning 38-8 in front of a world record crowd for a wheelchair match.  Next up for England is a showdown against Spain and Ireland on Sunday 6 November and Wednesday 9 November respectively.  Tickets are priced at £20.21 Adults/£2.21 Concessions (Children/Students).  

Stand by for nations to collide, legends to be made and champions to be crowned as the Rugby League World Cup returns to these shores for the first time since 2013 when England, Wales, France and Ireland combined to host the tournament.

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🎟️ TICKETS for Rugby League World Cup matches in London are on sale via the RLWC2021 website.

🏉 WHEELCHAIR TOURNAMENT – Matches in Group A (all double-headers) at the Copper Box Arena featuring England, Australia, Spain and Ireland as follows:

🕛 Thursday 3 November ~ Spain v Ireland at 5pm & England v Australia at 7.30pm. 

🕒 Sunday 6 November ~ England v Spain at 12 noon & Australia v Ireland at 2.30pm. 

🕒 Wednesday 9 November ~ Australia v Spain at 11am & England v Ireland at 1.30pm.

🏉 MEN’S TOURNAMENT at the Emirates Stadium as follows:

🕛 Saturday 12 November ~ Second semi-final at 2.30pm.

🚊🚗 Travel tips:

COPPER BOX ARENA ~ The nearest railway stations are Hackney Wick overground and Stratford International station (latter accessible from London St Pancras) both approximately a 10-minute walk.  Stratford (with links to the underground and DLR) station is about a 15-minute walk.  Plan your journey at the Transport for London website.  Limited parking is available at the Copper Box Arena, however parking is available at the nearby Westfield Shopping Centre.

EMIRATES ARENA ~ Public transport is recommended with local tube, train and bus networks stopping just a short walk from the stadium.  See this Get to the Emirates Stadium guide for details. 

👀 For lots more great spectator action coming right up in London visit our ‘What’s On’ page here.