Rugby League World Cup 2021 - Draw Announcements - 16th January

HRH The Duke of Sussex HRH The Duke of Sussex will conduct the RLWC2021 draws for the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournament’s at Buckingham Palace on 16 January.

Each draw will be streamed live across RLWC2021 and The Royal Family’s Twitter and Facebook channels* and will be attended by representatives from all 21 nations taking part across each tournament.

The draws will see 16 men’s, eight women’s and eight wheelchair nations drawn into their respective groups for the event, which kicks off with the men’s opening ceremony on 23 October 2021 at St James’ Park, Newcastle.

The draw will reveal the opening fixtures for each tournament, which will include the host nation England.

Guests HRH, The Duke of Sussex will be joined by Dame Katherine Grainger, DBE and Jason Robinson OBE in conducting the draws.

Dame Katherine Grainger, DBE is Great Britain’s most decorated female Olympian having won five Olympic medals, including gold in the double sculls at London 2012.

Katherine is the current chair of UK Sport, the government’s specialist major events agency, who are investing £15m of public money into the tournament.

Jason Robinson OBE is widely regarded as one of the greatest cross-code players of all time, who had a glittering career which saw him represent England in both codes of the game, winning the 2003 Rugby Union World Cup scoring a try in the final, as well playing in the 1995 Rugby League World Cup final against Australia. In addition, he made over 300 appearances for Wigan Warriors winning the Challenge Cup and Super League Grand Final along the way.

“Dame Katherine and Jason have had incredible sporting careers. Katherine’s gold medal in London and Jason’s Rugby World Cup win in 2003 have cemented their legacy in the sporting archives and we’re hoping to create some of our own memorable moments in 2021.”

- Jon Dutton -

The draws will be hosted by Seema Jaswal and Dave Woods.

Seema Jaswal is an experienced sports anchor, television presenter and all-round sports fanatic.

Seema is no stranger to major sporting events, presenting global broadcast events such as the Premier League, the 2019 Cricket World Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup, working across leading broadcasters including the BBC, ITV C4 and Amazon to name a few.

Dave Woods is one of the country’s leading sports reporters and an important figure in rugby league as the sport’s BBC correspondent.

Having previously commentated on Challenge Cup Finals, as well as acting as anchor for the Super League Show, Woods is no stranger to being involved in prestigious moments in the rugby league calendar.

“Seema and Dave have been important figures in UK and international sport over many years and their experience, quality and enthusiasm makes them the perfect hosts for our draws.

“The anticipation is really starting to build, and it is great to see fans from all over the world getting excited about RLWC2021.

The draw is the next big moment for the tournament, and we are all looking forward to seeing what match ups we have in store.”

- Jon Dutton -

Each draw will be streamed live across RLWC2021 and The Royal Family’s Twitter and Facebook channels* from Thursday 16 January – the time will be confirmed on Wednesday 15 January – its likely to be around midday GMT.

Watch Live @:

• RLWC2021 Twitter –

• RLWC2021 Facebook -

• The Royal Family Twitter -

• The Royal Family Facebook -

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