Rugby League World Cup explainer: Ireland’s chances, TV schedule and all you need to know

Rugby League World Cup explainer: Ireland’s chances, TV schedule and all you need to know

The Rugby League World Cup kicks off on Saturday and here’s all you need to know on the tournament.

When does it start?

England play Samoa in Newcastle United’s St James’ Park on Saturday after the Kaiser Chiefs perform at the opening ceremony.

Is it on TV?

All 31 games are live on BBC.

The semi-finals will be at Elland Road in Leeds, and Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in north London, with the final at Old Trafford in Manchester.

What is the tournament’s format?

There are 16 teams in four groups of four. Jamaica and Greece are appearing for the first time. Only the top two in each group qualify for the quarter-finals.

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