In 2022, for the first time, the wheelchair competition will be part of the Rugby League World Cup main event.
Wheelchair rugby league is genuinely the most inclusive sport of all - not solely a disability sport, as non-disabled people are welcome to compete as well, and both men and women can play in the same team.
Rugby League Wheelchair World Cup 2021 will be contested by eight teams with an epic opening clash between England and Australia.
There have been three previous Wheelchair Rugby League World Cups, with three different host countries.
The inaugural tournament was held at indoor venues in Sydney, Australia in 2008, with just four teams competing for the trophy.
The 2013 Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup was held in Gillingham, England, with the last edition of the tournament being played in 2017, when it was held in the south of France.
These three past Wheelchair Rugby League World Cups were part of the ‘Festival of World Cups’ in which they competed alongside the Universities, Police, and Armed Forces tournaments. The RLWC2021 will be the first time the Wheelchair tournament is centre stage and part of the Rugby League World Cup main event alongside the men’s and women’s tournaments.
France are back-to-back World Cup holders and have won the tournament on the most occasions. Now with an eight-team tournament at the RLWC2021, the Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup is growing internationally, with the edition of Norway and USA competing in the tournament for first time.
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