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There are now just 500 days to go until the Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) kicks off, with Coventry as one of the host cities.
Today, the RLWC2021 organisers have revealed the locations of the training bases for all competing nations across the men’s, women’s, and wheelchair tournaments.
The squads from the 21 unique nations and 32 teams will be based in different locations across the country.
Coventry will help form a huge part of making the tournament a success, welcoming players from around the world as they get behind them and cheer them on in 500 days’ time.
The Rugby League World Cup is the pinnacle major event of rugby league, globally contested every four years.
Coventry’s game will take place at the Ricoh Arena between 23 October – 27 November 2021.
The fixtures for all three tournaments will be announced in the coming months.
RLWC2021 has today also revealed new branding for the tournament, celebrating the power of together, focusing on human interest stories and emotional connections, with the goal of connecting with a universal audience.
The new branding will also include bespoke elements from Coventry, drawing on recognisable icons and displaying the sense of civic pride we have in the city.
RLWC2021 will be asking people from each town and city to vote on the icons that make up their custom patterns in the coming months and will be doing something similar for the nations towards the end of the year.
Councillor Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Sport, said: "Rugby League World Cup's 500 Days To Go campaign will bring so much excitement to the city during this difficult time we are currently experiencing.
“It highlights that there are some fantastic things to come next year.
"I'm so pleased Coventry is a host city for Rugby League World Cup 2021 and would like to congratulate the cities acting as team bases for the tournament along with recognising the fantastic new tournament identity.
"Being a part of this event is important as it is inclusive to all and really shows the people of our city that anyone can get involved in sport and physical activity and will hopefully inspire even more people to do so.
“I look forward to hearing more about the event soon and seeing Coventry support and play such a big part in this tournament."
Jon Dutton, RLWC2021 Chief Executive, added: “Today marks another hugely exciting milestone on the road to Rugby League World Cup 2021 as we celebrate 500 days until the opening fixture at St James' Park in October next year.
“It’s great to finally be able to reveal the team training bases to the nations and their supporters as well as the residents of our host towns and cities. We know that all our hosts and the people who live there are immensely proud of their area, so there is no doubting that all the nations are guaranteed to get an extremely warm welcome when they arrive. We’re calling on them all to adopt their incoming nations and treat them as one of their own, cheering them on and showing them the very best of what these great places, up and down England, have to offer.
“Our refreshed tournament identity and today’s team base announcement can serve as an exciting reminder of what’s to come in 2021 as we continue to build momentum towards what promises to be the biggest and best ever Rugby League World Cup.”
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