Liverpool and St Helens to host Tonga and Italy as part of RLWC2021

Liverpool and St Helens will welcome the Tonga and Italy men’s national teams next year as part of their host status roles at the Rugby League World Cup.


In May 2019, it was revealed that Liverpool and St Helens had both been selected as host locations for nations set to compete at the 2021 Rugby League World Cup. Now – with less than 500 days until the start of the tournament – those sides have been confirmed as Tonga and Italy, ranked fourth and 13th in the world respectively.


The teams will stay in Liverpool during their time in England, where they will experience the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront along with many other attractions, while they will prepare for matches in St Helens, using St Helens Council’s £3.6m state-of-the-art Ruskin Drive Sports Village; Cowley International College; and the new fitness suite at Newton-le-Willows Health and Fitness.


As well as hosting the two teams for accommodation and training purposes, Liverpool and St Helens will also stage matches at the Rugby League World Cup, with St Helens R.F.C.’s 18,000-capacity Totally Wicked Stadium, considered by many to be the best purpose-built club rugby stadium in the country, chosen for two men’s matches – and Anfield, home to Liverpool FC, hosting both a men’s quarter-final and the opening match and ceremony for the women’s tournament.


Meanwhile, the M&S Bank Arena, located on the banks of the River Mersey, will showcase the final of the wheelchair competition, new to next year’s event.


Those attending the next edition of ALSD International will be treated to tours of Anfield, M&S Bank Arena and Goodison Park


The overall impact of Liverpool and St Helens’ involvement in the Rugby League World Cup, tipped to be the biggest and best one to date, is expected to boost the local economy by millions of pounds and will benefit the grassroots game through a number of legacy projects.


To be held in England in the October and November, organisers are aiming to draw in record crowds at the 2021 tournament, with the men’s, women’s and wheelchair competitions staged in a single, celebratory event – making it the biggest Rugby League World Cup yet.


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Attendees at this October’s ALSD International event, which focuses on increasing revenue through new builds, renovations, service expansions and utilisation of the latest technology, will be treated to special behind-the-scenes tours of Liverpool FC’s Anfield Stadium, M&S Bank Arena Liverpool and Everton FC’s Goodison Park.


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ALSD International – Europe’s leading event for the Premium Seat & Sports Hospitality sector – taking place at Liverpool FC’s Anfield Stadium this October, 12-13, will examine how to increase revenue through new builds, renovations, service expansions and the latest technology, and how to recoup lost revenue post COVID-19.



The next edition of ALSD International – organised by the Association of Luxury Suite Directors and Sports Venue Business – will feature a high-level conference, an exhibition hall showcasing the latest products, services & solutions, tours of Anfield, Goodison Park and M&S Bank Arena, and numerous networking events, ensuring optimised opportunities to knowledge-share, network and do business.


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