With exactly one year to go, the public ticket ballot – the first in Rugby League World Cup history – opens today (23 October). It will remain open for applications until Monday 16 November at 20:21hrs and fans will be able to apply for tickets for each of the 61 matches across all three tournaments, including the three fixtures in Hull.
Following unprecedented demand during the Rugby League family priority access sale, fans are encouraged to apply for a wide selection of matches or use the Powerplay option* to have a better chance of seeing their favourite team play during RLWC2021.
To apply for tickets in the Public Ticket Ballot, applicants must register an account via the official Rugby League World Cup 2021 Ticketing website, which can be accessed here
Hull will play host to three fixtures when RLWC2021 comes to England next year, as well as acting as the training base for Fiji’s men’s team.
Jon Dutton, RLWC2021 CEO, said today: “Today is a day we have all been looking forward to as the one-year countdown begins to the opening match in Newcastle between England and Samoa in 2021. But also, today is a landmark moment not just for the tournament but also the sport of Rugby League as we have the opportunity to welcome many potential future Rugby League fans to the sport through the Public Ticket ballot.
“Hull has a big part to play in next years’ tournament, and with just one year to go, we can feel the excitement and tension mounting as the world’s best will be coming to Hull.
“England has a rich history of staging great global sporting events with phenomenal public support. We know the Rugby League World Cup 2021 will be no different and fans will turn out in record numbers to support the event.”
Councillor Dave Craker, Hull City Council’s portfolio holder for leisure and culture, said: “With just a year to go until Hull hosts one of the incredible opening fixtures of the Rugby League World Cup 2021, the city is very much looking forward to welcoming rugby fans from around the world.
“Hull is well-versed in playing host to visitors and, as a city of culture, we are ready to celebrate this sport that is very special to the people of Hull.”
To mark the day, world-renowned poet and proud Northerner Tony Walsh has captured the passion, excitement and community pride that epitomises the unique and inclusive spirit of the Rugby League World Cup 2021 with a bespoke poem, The Power of Together. Walsh urges fans to not miss out and play their part in making the tournament one to remember – “Help us bring it, help us sing it; help us make the planet tremble, The Rugby League World Cup is coming. Squads assemble!”
* Should you miss out on tickets when your match ballot is drawn, ‘Powerplay’ automatically puts you into the ballot for tickets to the same match but in the next price category up. RLWC2021 will run the lowest priced ballots first so if you use Powerplay, your original choice will always be given priority.
[Jamie Goodwin – Hull City Council]