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North Yorkshire school ready to welcome Rugby League World Cup

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Published at 12:24pm 7th May 2019. (Updated at 12:27pm 7th May 2019)

A North Yorkshire school is celebrating after it was announced York has been named as a Rugby League World Cup 2021 host city. 

  • Queen Ethelburga’s was involved in the city-wide bid 
  • York is one of 16 towns and cities that will host the 32 competing nations in the 2021 Rugby World cup 
  • Staff and students say they're "beyond excited" for the "unforgettable experience"

Queen Ethelburga’s is celebrating after it was announced that York has been named as a Rugby League World Cup 2021 host city, following a city-wide bid involving the Collegiate.

Amy Martin, Chair of the Collegiate Board, said:

“We are beyond excited to be part of York’s winning city-wide bid to host teams during RLWC 2021. We know our grounds and facilities are in a league of their own and look forward to being involved in what will be an unforgettable experience for all of us, as part of the York offer.”

 Principal Steven Jandrell added:

“This is fantastic news. As our Performance Sport Programmes are such an important part of what we offer at Queen Ethelburga’s, to be part of this globally watched event will have a hugely positive impact on our students and other aspiring athletes across the city.”

Jon Dutton, RLWC2021 Chief Executive, commented:

“RLWC2021 will see nations from all over the world travel to England to compete for the sport’s most prestigious prize. Today, we are really pleased to be able to announce which towns and cities will be used as hotel and training bases for the competing nations. Each chosen location submitted a compelling bid and our decisions represent our confidence in each of these towns and cities to provide a world-class host experience to the visiting nations in 2021. 

 “These chosen hosts will play such an important role in welcoming all teams and nations, offering them a base and helping them prepare in the best possible environment so they can perform at their peak on the pitch.” 

16 local towns and cities that will host the 32 competing nations.

Qualification is still ongoing across the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments and all nations will be confirmed in time for the draw, which takes place on November 27 this year. Following the draw, York will find out who the city will be hosting.